Made to order sushi, a sake bar, plus free massages are just some of the features of the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Narita. Our trip in Japan was nearly over, but this lounge was a good way to relax before the flight back to the States.
Japan Airlines First Class Lounge – Tokyo Narita
I’m still pretty new to being a One World Emerald, which grants First Class Lounge access. It’s a great feature even when flying Economy, but as is often the case, One World First Class Lounges can get pretty busy. For that reason I didn’t get many photos of the lounge. Plus, photography is difficult in this lounge due to the contrast of bright natural light and very dark shiny wood.
Note: There are 2 First Class Lounges in Terminal 2 of Narita Airport, one in the main terminal (featured here), and a smaller lounge in the satellite terminal. Both seem to have the same features, with the exception of the sushi bar which is only in the main lounge. In any case, the lounges are only 5-10 minutes apart walking. I suggest going to whichever lounge is closer to your departure gate, unless you really want to get sushi in the lounge.
Photos below are from JAL’s media site show an empty lounge, which is rarely the case in my experiences here.
Main lounge area in JAL First Class Lounge, Tokyo Narita
The lounge is well equipped, as one would expect of a first class lounge. The lounge is a large rectangle, with a few partitioned areas to break things up. There is a business center and a few small rooms for taking phone calls. Still, my favorite place to relax is in the massage chairs.
Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Spa
Better yet, there are complimentary spa treatments available in the lounge. This service is first come-first served, so I suggest heading directly to the spa area to get registered. This is directly behind the registration desk. Treatments are only 10 minutes, but I find this a great way to loosen up after (or before) a long flight. Options include a head and shoulder massage, foot massage, or a scalp massage. I typically opt for the head and shoulder massage,provided on a full massage table (fully clothed), with a lot of pressure.
note: JAL has discontinued spa treatments in their lounges, but have added more massage chairs.
Bar area in JAL First Class Lounge, Tokyo Narita
As for food and drink, as pictured above, there is a sushi bar. Not a lot of options, basically Tuna and shrimp nigiri, and some egg sushi is available. The default option is one of each, but you can customize this however you like. In addition, there is a hot buffet which seems to vary depending on the time of day. There is also a selection of drinks and cold/pre-packaged food. Additionally, a decent liquor selection, a sake bar and beer machines!
There are shower rooms available in the lounge, as expected in an international hub airport.
Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Final Thoughts
In all, this is a very good lounge. It can get busy, but with enough time, you should have no issues utilizing some of the better features. This isn’t one of the best First Class Lounges in the world, but it is certainly a nice spot to pass a layover. I think it has all of the features one would expect, with some nice Japanese touches to enhance the experience even more.
Have you visited the JAL First Class lounges? What did you think of the experience?
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