With so many religious establishments, there are frequent matsuri (Shinto festivals) in Asakusa area, as each temple or shrine hosts at least one matsuri a year, if not every season. The largest and most popular is the Sanja Matsuri in May, when roads are closed from dawn until late in the evening.
Sanja Matsuri (三社祭, “Three Shrine Festival”), or Sanja Festival. It is considered one of the wildest and largest. Sanja Matsuri is held on the third weekend of every May at Asakusa Shrine.
During World War II, the temple was bombed and destroyed during the 10 March air raid on Tokyo. It was rebuilt later and is a symbol of rebirth and peace to the Japanese people. In the courtyard there is a tree that was hit by a bomb in the air raids, and it had regrown in the husk of the old tree and is a similar symbol to the temple itself.
The Kaminarimon (雷門, “Thunder Gate”, map) is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji (the inner being the Hōzōmon) in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. The gate, with its lantern and statues, is popular with tourists. It stands 11.7 m tall, 11.4 m wide and covers an area of 69.3 m2
The Hōzōmon (宝蔵門, “Treasure-House Gate”, map) is the inner of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji. A two-story gate (nijūmon), the Hōzōmon’s second story houses many of the Sensō-ji’s treasures. The first story houses two statues, three lanterns and two large sandals. It stands 22.7 metres (74 ft) tall, 21 metres (69 ft) wide, and 8 metres (26 ft) deep. On the Hōzōmon’s north (back) face are the waraji, two 4.5 m long, 1.5 m wide straw sandals that weigh 400 kg each.