Yep, the Asahi Ryokan in Fukuoka has set up a 24-hour livestream in one of their hotel rooms, with people tuning into see what guests get up to during their stay. They even watch guests while they sleep.
The only reprieve is there are no cameras set up in the bathroom – which is completely separate from the bedroom – and the feed doesn’t have sound, so guests’ conversations and phone calls will all still be private.
Customers are also allowed to turn the lights off at any time, to give themselves a break from the camera. Guests are also warned not to do anything ‘lewd’ during their stay and to keep their personal details covered at all times.
The hotel is run by Tetsuya Inoue and is owned by his grandmother.
Speaking to CNN about the bizarre deal, Mr Inoue, who started running the hotel last year, said: “This is a very old ryokan [a traditional Japanese inn] and I was looking into a new business model.
“Our hotel is on the cheaper side, so we need some added value, something special that everyone will talk about.”
According to reports, only four guests have taken Inoue up on the offer so far.
He went on: “Young people nowadays don’t care much about the privacy. Some of them say it’s OK to be [watched] for just one day.”
But while most people would think offering a room for just 71p doesn’t seem to show much by way of business sense, the 27-year-old is looking at the longer term.
He set up a YouTube account for the hotel, which has already gained almost 6,000 subscribers. Once it reaches 4,000 view hours, they will be able to put ads on their content and make money from that.
But what if no one takes the room?
Well, whenever the room isn’t occupied, Inoue still continues with the livestream. But rather than watching strangers sleep or eat, they can watch him working away at his desk.
And as there’s no sound, whenever he needs to leave, he holds up signs in Japanese and English telling viewers what he’s up to.
I think I’ll pass, thanks.
Featured Image Credit: Asahi Ryokan/YouTube