Hotel in Japan offers room for $1 a night. But there’s a catch

Guests willing to stay in the cheap room must agree to YouTube live stream for the whole time

It is no secret that Japan belongs among the most expensive countries in the world. But if you want to visit the extraordinary place on a budget, you now have a chance. And the only thing you have to sacrifice is your privacy.  

Typical ryokan-style hotel Asahi Ryokan in Fukuoka has come up with an interesting concept. It offers a room for around $1 per night but with a catch.

Everything that is happening inside the room is live-streamed on One Dollar Hotel YouTube channel with over 5,000 subscribers. Hotel in Japan offers room for $1 a night. But there’s a catch

 

However, the stream is video-only meaning that it doesn’t record conversations and other sounds. Also, the bathroom is out of sight to maintain at least some privacy for the guests. 

The idea popped up in the mind of the hotel owner, Tetsuya Inoue. 

“This is a very old ryokan and I was looking into a new business model,” Inoue told CNN.

“Our hotel is on the cheaper side, so we need some added value, something special that everyone will talk about.”

When there are no guests in room 8, the channel streams the owner working in his office. 

Japan is a pioneer of unusual accommodation 

Asahi Ryokan is not the first hotel in Japan that has gained global publicity. The country is famous for genius solutions on how to save space and money with their capsule hotel.

Little capsules as hotel rooms have gained popularity in many parts of the world — Shutterstock Hotel in Japan offers room for $1 a night. But there’s a catch
Little capsules used as hotel rooms have gained popularity in many parts of the world — Shutterstock
 

This type of accommodation (also known as pod hotels in Western countries) features many small bed-sized rooms known as capsules. They are only high enough for hotel guests to crawl in and sit up on their beds.

Despite its modest dimensions, the concept has gained popularity and capsule hotels have also been opened in countries such as China, Belgium, or even Kazakhstan.