After a British YouTuber passing through livestreamed much of his stay at the inn, 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 in room number eight — if they agree to have their entire stay livestreamed.
That said, there are restrictions around how the livestreaming works. Inoue explains to CNN Travel that the feed is video-only, so guests will have privacy in their conversations or phone calls. His YouTube channel is called One Dollar Hotel.
Guests are permitted to turn the lights off, and the bathroom area is out of camera range.