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Kawazu Nanadaru Loop Bridge

This corkscrew bridge drives locals loopy in the center of Japan’s scenic Izu Peninsula. Completed in 1982 to cover terrain too steep for a conventional road, the bridge is an intriguing landmark on the route from Tokyo to the hot-spring resorts in the nearby city of Shimoda. It rises among the trees like some sort of great coiled snake.

The structure is comprised of three supports that look suspiciously like giant painters’ trestles. It rotates traffic through 720 degrees and lifts or drops them 147 feet (45 meters). The speed limit on this serpentine road is only 18 miles per hour (30 kilometers per hour), which helps to prolong the dizzying views of Izu’s volcanic scenery.


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