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December 15, 2019

$1/night hotel room in Japan

But there's a catch.

From CNN:

When 27-year-old Tetsuya Inoue began running Asahi Ryokan — a hotel in the Japanese city of Fukuoka that is owned by his grandmother — he wondered how he could improve business in the new economy.
 
Inoue had an idea: what if he could use the internet to bring in a new audience and a new revenue stream?
 
Now, guests coming to Asahi Ryokan have the option to pay just ¥100 (about $1) per night to stay the night in room number 8
 
Lr-6
 
[below]
 
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— if they agree to have their entire stay livestreamed.
 
[Below, 
 
Lr-8-1
 
the videocam.]
 
That said, there are restrictions around how the livestreaming works.
 
Inoue explained to CNN Travel that the feed is video-only, so guests will have privacy in their conversations or phone calls.
 
His YouTube channel [below] is called One Dollar Hotel.
 
Guests are permitted to turn the lights off, and the bathroom area is out of camera range.
 
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[photo caption: a sign in the livestreamed room warns guests about dos and don'ts of their stay]
 
"This is a very old ryokan and I was looking into a new business model," says Inoue, who started running the hotel last year. "Our hotel is on the cheaper side, so we need some added value, something special that everyone will talk about."
 
So far, four guests have taken him up on the offer since Inoue began offering the deal a month ago.
 
"Young people nowadays don't care much about the privacy," Inoue adds. "Some of them say it's OK to be [watched] for just one day."
 
And while the $1 rooms are clearly a loss leader, Inoue is thinking beyond the cost of a single night's stay.
 
The YouTube channel has already passed 1,000 subscribers. Once it accumulates more than 4,000 view hours, he will be able to put ads on the channel and monetize it.
 
On days when the room is vacant or no one is streaming, Inoue will post a livestream of himself working in the ryokan's office.
 
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[photo caption: hotel manager Tetsuya Inoue appears on the live feed himself during coverage gaps]
 
Signs in Japanese and English are posted in front of the camera to let viewers know when he's out of the room.
 
Asahi Ryokan, 2-6-2 Kiyokawa, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, +81 090 5212 3216

The video up top is a promotion: looks like YouTube took down the livestream (below).

Oh well.

SoraNews24 sent a reporter named Masanuki to spend a night there.

The entertaining story recounting his stay is replete with photos, along with a 10 hour 45 minute video (below)

of his visit.

Got insomnia?

This is your sleeping pill.

December 15, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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