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You can stay in this Japanese hotel for $1 a night -- but there's a very strange catch

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You can stay in this Japanese hotel for $1 a night -- but there's a very strange catch // Courtesy of CNN Newsource

FUKUOAKA, Japan (WSBT) -- A hotel in Japan is offering guests the ultimate deal, but it comes with a pretty strange catch.

CNN reports Asahi Ryokan in Fukuoka gives people the option to pay the equivalent of about $1 for a night in room number eight -- if you're willing to have your entire stay livestreamed.

Yes, you read that right.

This does come with restrictions; guests are allowed to turn the lights off and the bathroom is out of camera range, CNN says. The feed is video-only, too, so conversations and phone calls wouldn't be overheard. The YouTube channel is called One Dollar Hotel.

"This is a very old ryokan and I was looking into a new business model," 27-year-old Tetsuya Inoue said, who began 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."

While $1 per night may not seem like it's bringing in too much revenue, the channel has already surpassed 3,000 subscribers. Inoue told CNN once it accumulates over 4,000 view hours, he'll be able to put ads on the channel and earn money from it.

"Young people nowadays don't care much about the privacy," Inoue said. "Some of them say it's OK to be [watched] for just one day."

If room number eight happens to be vacant, Inoue will livestream himself working in the hotel's office, CNN reports. The sign has both English and Japanese messages so viewers know when he leaves the room.