Eshima Ohashi Bridge

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Eshima Ohashi Bridge

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The Eshima Ohashi Bridge from the side
Coordinates35°31′09″N 133°12′00″E / 35.519167°N 133.2°E / 35.519167; 133.2Coordinates: 35°31′09″N 133°12′00″E / 35.519167°N 133.2°E / 35.519167; 133.2
LocaleShimane and Tottori prefectures
Maintained bySakaiminato management association
Total length1.7 km
Width11.3 m
Height44.7 m
Longest span250 m
Construction start1997
Construction end2004
Looking towards the bridge entrance from the Shimane Prefecture side

Eshima Ohashi Bridge (Japanese: 江島大橋) is a rigid-frame bridge in Japan that connects Matsue, Shimane Prefecture and Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture over Nakaumi lake. It was built from 1997 to 2004. It is the largest rigid-frame bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world.[1] Images of the bridge have been widely circulated on the internet, owing to its seemingly steep nature when photographed from a distance with a telephoto lens, but in actuality the Shimane side has a gradient of 6.1% and Tottori side of 5.1%.[2]

Eshima Ohashi Bridge replaced the previous drawbridge. Traffic was obstructed often by ships for about 7 to 8 minutes. Also large vehicles over 14 tons were not allowed on the drawbridge. The drawbridge saw 4,000 vehicles a day cross.


  1. ^ Golgowski, Nina (April 29, 2015). "Japan's Eshima Ohashi bridge appears not for the faint-hearted drivers". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on 25 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  2. ^ Wallace, Allison (April 30, 2015). "Japan's 'rollercoaster bridge'". Yahoo! Travel. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.

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