The 'Biwako Ohashi' toll bridges, two parallel bridges that span the narrowest point of Lake Biwa. They are 1.4 km in length and carry about 35,000 vehicles a day. The road surface reaches a maximum height of 26.3 m above the lake.
The first bridge was opened in September, 1964, and the second in July 1994 to accommodate increases in traffic. The fishing village of Katata is the far side of the bridges. (Photograph taken from a helicopter, 12th May 2010.) (Click on the image to view the next one in the series.)