Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Shinagawa-ku
This page is for locations in the Shinagawa-ku area of Tokyo. This neighborhood is not part of my book Tokyo Stroll.
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This part of Tokyo is named after the Shinagawa post station town which was on the Tōkaidō heading west out of Edo. The present Shinagawa-ku was formed in 1947 by the merger of the older Shinagawa-ku and Ebara-ku. In the late 19th century this area became a significant location for new industries, east Shinagawa-ku continues to be an important part of the Tokyo Port facilities. Today many large condo and apartment complexes have been built. Numerous rail lines make this area accessible from various other parts of the great Tokyo area adding to the desirability of a place to live.
Ikedayama Park (池田山公園)
Originally part of the suburban residence of the Ikeda clan of Okayama. The park is built on a hillside with a resting area at the top. The lower area that has a small waterfall and pond, is good for strolling. The pond has the usual koi and turtles that fit in well with gardens. The garden has a good variety of flowering and fruit bearing trees.
MIRAI STORE TOKYO
The shop for the Smart Doll line of high quality customizable dolls. The dolls come in a variety of skin tones and even have dolls of amputees, or with vitiligo, birthmarks, burn scarring, cleft lips, and medical devices. Such dolls have been well received by customers with similar conditions. Some doll designs even go out of production to be replaced with new ones. They not only sell the dolls but also clothing and a large variety of parts, to customize details such as bust size or hands. there are several options for hair color, style and length.
The official name of this bridge is Hamagawa-bashi (浜川橋). However in the Edo Period it gained the name of Namidabashi which means bridge of tears as prisoners were taken across it on the way to the execution grounds. This Namidabashi is not to be confused with the other Namidabashi in the Sanya area of Tokyo.
Shinagawa Aquarium (しながわ水族館)
Opened 1991 in a large community park this two story facility has been popular. There you will find penguins, dolphins, spotted seals, sea lions, otters, lots of fish and other sea life. There are numerous displays dealing with marine ecology. Perhaps the most photographed part is the tunnel water tank surrounded by sealife. For food there is the Dolphin Cafe on a wood deck, outside the paid area is the Dolphin Restaurant, which is next to the water. The Marine Shop Seagull gift shop is also outside the aquarium.
Suzugamori Execution Ground (鈴ヶ森刑場)
This execution ground was established 1651 on the Tōkaidō, the major costal road to Kyoto from Edo. Estimates of the number of those executed here range from 100,000 to 200,000. After execution the heads of the prisoners would be displayed as a warning to others. One of the leaders of the Keian Uprising, Marubashi Chūya, was the first to be "executed" here, actually he was already dead but his head was displayed here. Other famous persons included Yaoya Oshichi who was burned at the stake for arson, and according to legend Ten'ichibō who tried to pass himself off as a son of the shōgun. As this was one of the major execution grounds many other famous prisoners were killed here, bot historical and fictional. Fans of kabuki would recognize many of the names as plays were written about some of the famous cases or the execution ground is the setting of a scene. On the remaining grounds you can see the stone bases for the posts used in crucifixion, square, and burning at the stake, round. Christians were also executed near here at Edo Bay by being tied upside down to pillars at low tide to be drowned when the tide rose. The execution ground closed in 1871.
Taikyō-ji (鈴ヶ森 大経寺)
A Buddhist temple founded around the same time as the establishment of the Suzugamori Execution Ground, it is just north of the grounds. The present building is very modern in design and many non-Japanese would not recognize it as a temple.
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Created October 19, 2022 | Content last updated October 22, 2022