How far would you go to cut costs during your travel? A hotel in Fukuoka, Japan allows guests to stay the night at its room at the bargain price of $1 – but there is a catch.
Visitors to Asahi Ryokan could pay just ¥100 (about $1) per night – but only if they agree to have their entire stay live-streamed.
According to owner Tetsuya Inoue, the feed – which is aired on his YouTube channel One Dollar Hotel – is video-only and does not include bathroom use. Guests are also permitted to turn out the lights during sleep.
“Our hotel is on the cheaper side, so we need some added value, something special that everyone will talk about,” Inoue told CNN.
“Young people nowadays don’t care much about the privacy … Some of them say it’s OK to be [watched] for just one day.”
Guests at the live-streaming room are requested to follow certain rules and precautions, such as concealing private information like passports and credit card numbers as well as refraining from “lewd acts”.
Only one room out of the 10 in the guesthouse comes with the live-streaming option. When the streaming room is unoccupied, Inoue turns the camera on himself working in the office.
Guests who would rather not have their night broadcasted to the world may book other rooms for ¥3,000.