Suzugamori Execution Grounds

Access: 407 m from Kita-shinagawa Station Keikyū Main Line (KK2)
450 m from Shinagawa Station Yamanote Line (JY25)Tokaido Line (JT1)Yokosuka Line (JO3)Keihin-Tōhoku Line (JK27)Jōban Line (JJ1)Keikyū Main Line (KK1)
Address: Shinagawa Intercity Tower C, 2-15-3, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-6290, Japan. [map]
Phone: +81-3-6433-3900 +81-3-6433-3900
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (last admission at 5:30 p.m.) Closed Sundays
Website: http://www.nikon.com/about/corporate/museum/

One of the many sites used by the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Edo period to execute criminals, Christians and conspirators – it is believed around 10,000 people were killed here. Methods included burning, boiling, crucifixion and some were hung upside down to drown as the tides rose – so basically, pretty gruesome. If that’s your idea of sightseeing though – this is a great spot! There is a memorial and remnants including a well, a burning post and a stone base for erecting the crucifixion pillars. You can also see the bridge of tears – where families and loved ones would say goodbye to the condemned.