Located on the old Tokaido, south of Shinagawa Station and just to the east of Tachiaigawa Station, the Bridge of Tears was so called for two reasons.

First, because it was the point at which family and friends said their last goodbyes, before condemned prisoners were taken to be put to death at the Suzugamori Execution Grounds slightly further to the south. Second, because it was the place where the decapitated heads of prisoners were displayed to the public.

The current bridge is a modern structure, although it is in the same place as the original bridge over a narrow canal.