An ancient Buddhist temple in Asakusa, Taito in Tokyo is one of the oldest and most significant temples in Tokyo associated with the Tendai sect which became independent post World War II. Asakusa Shrine which is a Shinto Shrine is located next to the temple. The most popular attraction of Sensō-ji is the famous matsuri or Shinto festival – Sanja Matsuri. The festival continues for 3-4 days in late spring when all the nearby streets close to traffic from dawn till late hours in the evening. At the entrance of the temple is Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate”. A huge paper lantern painted in red and black colours represents lightning and thunderclouds.