Japanese Hotel Charges $1.47 A Night, But You Have To Stream Your Stay

Japanese Hotel Charges $1.47 A Night, But You Have To Stream Your Stay
Image: Asahi Ryokan

If you’re travelling to Japan anytime soon and you’re looking to do it on the cheap, Fukuoka might be one of the best places to stay. There’s even a hotel with rooms for $US1 … but obviously, there’s a catch.

It’s called One Dollar Hotel, and its a particular set of rooms within Asahi Ryokan, a standard ryokan in the Chuo-ku district of Fukuoka. As the site promises, you can book a room for $US1 ($1.47), provided you’re OK with most of your stay being livestreamed.

I say most of your stay being livestreamed, because there’s some obvious caveats. For one, while people can stream you sleeping on YouTube the whole time, there’s no audio — so conversations and the like aren’t recorded.

The rooms have A/C and the regular Wi-Fi you’d expect from a Japanese hotel, although the bath and toilet are shared with other rooms. Each room accommodates up to two people with two single beds, and all visitors are asked not to get naked on camera, hook up, or the regular sorts of things that wouldn’t be allowed on YouTube. (The bathroom isn’t on camera, and guests can naturally turn the light off whenever they like.)

The owner, Tetsuya Inoue, told CNN Travel that he was looking into a new business model to refresh the ryokan, and felt that younger travellers didn’t really care about being filmed on camera, especially if it was for a short period.

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

When visitors aren’t staying in the hotel, Inoue will livestream himself working in the ryokan’s office. Otherwise, most of the footage looks like what was streamed earlier today: people chilling, eating, watching things on their phone and, eventually, falling asleep.

Would you care about the brutality of YouTube comments and letting people watch you sleep on camera if the room only cost a dollar?

If you want to find out more, you can see all the details and book rooms through the One Dollar Hotel website. And if you want to check out more footage of what it’s like, here’s the One Dollar Hotel YouTube channel.


    • I don’t see how they’d get even that really. Given all the restrictions that youtube places on videos, there’s very little reason to watch them. Unless you really really like to watch complete strangers sleep. Which it fine if you’re into that kind of thing, most people aren’t.

      This it just to generate buzz around their hotel. It’s nothing more than a publicity stunt.

      • OurChickenLife, which is the Twitch stream of some chickens, has over 400k views (and over 100 active viewers as I type this post). There’s always people who will watch these things.

  • I can’t imagine it will be terribly exciting, it’s a video only stream with no audio… seriously how often are you just sitting in your accommodation room (sickness / injury aside off course) during your holiday

    at most people will get one or two hours of you before you turn off the lights and sleep.

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