Eshima Ohashi Bridge

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Acceleration Bridge or Betabumizaka

Acceleration Bridge or <em>Betabumizaka</em>

Eshima Ohashi Bridge is a large rigid-frame bridge in Japan that connects Matsue in Shimane and Sakaiminato in Tottori over Nakaumi lake. Built between 1997 to 2004, the bridge is also known as Betabumizaka (Acceleration Bridge) for it's rather steep looking slope. Due to the need to accomodate some ships as high as 45 meters (147 feet), the bridge was built with a 6.1% slope on the Shimane side and a 5.1% slope on the Tottori side. The bridge gained popularity after the apperance in the Daihatsu Tanto car TV commercial and thanks to photos on the internet of the deep slope.

While some refer to the bridge as the Acceleration Bridge, the bridge is also called the Ramen Bridge from time to time. Rather than taking the name from the popular noodle dish, Eshima Ohashi earned the nickname thanks to it's rigid-frame build. The bridge is actually the largest rigid-frame style build in Japan, and the third largest in the world. The Japanese language uses the German word for frame, Rahmen, resulting in this funny coincidence.

Eshima Ohashi can also be crossed on foot, though it may be a little slow depending on traffic. The bridge is best enjoyed from afar, or if you ride up to the top to view the sunset during your drive. You can visit this stunning bridge with one of our private Japan tours or custom tour package options available year-round. Come explore Shimane, Tottori, and the rest of Japan during a memorable vacation in the land of the rising sun.

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