The hotel room that costs just 90 pence a night – and yes there’s a catch… your stay will be LIVE-STREAMED on YouTube
- The hotel running the deal is called Business Ryokan Asahi, in Fukuoka City
- There is no place to hide for guests. The camera covers the entire space
- The only rule guests have to abide by is that they’re not allowed to be naked
Tourists in Japan on a shoe-string budget will no doubt be delighted to hear that there’s a hotel there offering a room for just 130 yen (92p/$1.19) a night.
But they might not be enamoured with the catch – footage of the stay will be live-streamed on the hotel’s YouTube channel.
The hotel running the deal is called Business Ryokan Asahi, located in Fukuoka City on Kyushu Island, and says that the motivation was simply to boost the occupancy of the room – No8. Apparently, it was the least popular.
Guests booking room No8 at Business Ryokan Asahi will have their stay live-streamed on YouTube
There is no place to hide for guests staying in the tiny room. The camera covers the entire space and there are no blind spots.
However, the Big Brother aspect is softened slightly by the fact that there’s no audio on the live-stream, and guests can change in a shared bathroom – nakedness is not permitted.
Turning off the lights is, of course, allowed.
Soranews24 sent a reporter to try out Room No8 and he had a fairly positive experience, aside from spending a lot of money on the heater.
He said: ‘[It’s] a totally normal Japanese-style guestroom, with tatami reed flooring, a folded futon sleeping mat, a low table, a TV, and a hot water kettle.
No audio is recorded and guests can change in a shared bathroom. But in the room, there’s no place to hide
‘Clean and well-maintained, it looks like the kind of studio apartment a college student or someone starting their first job out of school might live in in Japan.
‘Really, the only weird things are the coin-operated heater/air conditioning unit (100 yen for two hours, so running it for four means you’re spending more on climate control than the room itself)… and, of course, the web camera-equipped PC.’
The 130-yen deal is available every day, including weekends.
Those visiting the city with a big budget might like to try the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka or the Agora Fukuoka Hilltop Hotel & Spa.