Suzugamori Execution Grounds

Area: Shinagawa
Address: 〒140-0013, 2 Chome-7-3 Minamioi, Shinagawa, Tokyo 140-0013 [map]
Access: 461 m from Ōikeibajōmae Station Tokyo Monorail (MO0)
0.8 km from Tachiaigawa Station Keikyū Main Line (KK6)
0.9 km from Ōmori Station Keihin-Tōhoku Line (JK29)

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. This makes a strange stop-off if you visit the aquarium – but not really a family trip…. or a first-date one for that matter…

Access: A few minutes walk from Omori-kaigan Station