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Address: 6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda Website: www.3331.jp 

Amuse Museum is a private museum specializing in Japanese textile culture and ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese art made famous by the likes of Hokusai. The museum was founded on and operates under the principles of mottainai, a global campaign founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. The mottainai movement hopes to establish world peace through environmental conservation. Every display at the museum serves as a reminder that through reusing and recycling we can discover a renewed sense of value and build a better society. The permanent exhibit is Miracle Textile Art "Boro," exclusively featuring folklore clothing donated by folklorist Chūzaburō Tanaka. The pieces in the Boro exhibit have inspired fashion designers like Junya Watanabe, Makiko Sekiguchi, and Louis Vuitton. How much: ¥1,080 Address: 2-34-3 Asakusa, Taitō Website: www.amusemuseum.com

Address: 24-1, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku Website:  www.bonjour.jp

This small guest house was named after the area it is in, Bamba. On the old road from Kyoto to Edo, Shinagawa was the last post-town. As such, the area was home to many stables for those who needed horses to travel. "Bam" means a horse and "ba" means a place in Japanese, hence the Shinagawa neighborhood's name. The hotel is in a renovated row house and offers an immersive experience in local culture. The classic Japanese-style rooms are furnished with vintage finds, the room service on offer is food made by local residents, and the owner is very friendly (you can find him working at his nearby DIY store). Room Rate: From ¥22,680 Address: 1-1-2 Minami-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku Website: www.47gawa.tokyo/bamba Tel: 070-5566-9441

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This co-living, co-working space strikes the perfect balance between privacy and community. Upstairs, the rooms are spacious and simple, each equipped with a kitchenette. Downstairs, a communal space features a massive open space living room, kitchen, and dining room where fellow "Roamers" hangout and exchange notes on all their finds. There is also a shared work space, gallery, and rooftop. Roam Tokyo is all about access to this incredible metropolis. The community manager hosts weekly events to show the best that Tokyo and Japanese culture have to offer. For anyone looking for a unique, friendly approach to travel, this is the place to book. Rates: From ¥11,300 Address: 9-2-13 Akasaka Website: www.roam.co