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Man Shows Why ‘Impossibly Steep’ Motorway Bridge Is Optical Illusion

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Man Shows Why ‘Impossibly Steep’ Motorway Bridge Is Optical Illusion

A TikToker has revealed why one of the scariest looking bridges in the world is just an optical illusion. Watch video below:


The Eshima Ohashi bridge in Japan is the third largest of its kind in the world and rises sharply so ships can pass underneath.

Whilst spanning one mile across Lake Nakaumi, the concrete road bridge links up the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato.


The video was uploaded on TikTok by, @hecticnick, and the post went viral, receiving a mega 10.5 million views and over one million likes.

The clip begins with @hecticnick explaining his theory.

He said: "This bridge in Japan is not what you think it is.

"When viewed from far away it looks impossibly steep, almost like it's a giant cliff and there's no way cars could really be driving across it."


The TikToker then zooms in on the bridge and completely debunks the myth.

He adds: "Once it's viewed up close, you'll see, although it's steep, it's not some giant cliff."

Credit: studio_s/Shutterstock
Credit: studio_s/Shutterstock

Those in the comments section were obviously keep to weigh in with their thoughts.


One user wrote: "Looks more like a rollercoaster than a bridge."

Whilst another added: "Everyone gangster till we turn roads into rollercoasters."

A final user concluded: "The cars coming down look the way they would in a Gameboy game."

It's hard to argue with any of the comments there.


At least the Japanese bridge doesn't seem as dangerous as one might have originally thought.

I can't say the same for a bridge in China, which is said to one of the World's largest bridges made up of glass - it's 755 Ft high.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Some of us find it bad enough climbing up a ladder to get change a lightbulb - let alone tackle a massive bridge with a glass floor that 'sways a little'.


This particular bridge, which has just opened in China, is a glass-bottomed suspension bridge that's 1,601ft (487m) long, making it the longest glass bridge in the world. It's 191ft (58m) longer than the previous record-holding bridge, which is also in China.

Suspended between two cliffs in the Hongyagu Scenic Area in Hebei Province, the bridge is also 755ft (230m) high - that's roughly the height of a 66-storey building.

In short, it's bloody HIGH.

Featured Image Credit: AGATAFOTO/Shutterstock

Topics: Bridge, travel, Japan

Anish Vij
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