Lounge Review: JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita
The JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita is the flagship lounge of Japan Airlines and thus offers very high standards. Yet, the lounge was surprisingly different to the first class lounges I’ve visited so far. Read more about the special lounge in our extensive review!
Tokyo Narita is a real heaven for oneworld passengers as there are plenty of lounges. I’ve already reviewed three of those, with another three airlines in the pipeline. Here are the lounges that you can already read about on traveluxblog:
- American Airlines Admirals Club Tokyo Narita
- Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Narita
- JAL Sakura Lounge Tokyo Narita
In addition, there are two JAL First Class Lounges. This review features the lounge in the main terminal. I’ll also release a review about the other first class lounge shortly.
The JAL First Class Lounge is only accessible for those with a oneworld first class ticket as well as oneworld Emerald members. Flying with Japan Airlines in the Boeing 787 Business Class, I had access through my Emerald status.
Seating in the JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita
The JAL First Class Lounge shares a reception desk with the Sakura Lounge. While the later is to the right, the first class lounge is to the left.
Upon entering, you are warmly welcomed by the staff and shown to the actual lounge. The lounge is basically one big room with several different seating areas.
It stretched from a dining area by the window with great views of the tarmac to a rather dark lounging area in the back of the lounge. In between, there are several different armchairs in different arrangements and tables.
There’s also a proper business center with computers, work stations and printers. In general, I found the interior of the JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita to be very tasteful.
Yet, most seating somewhat lacked privacy and didn’t remind me of a first class lounge. Nevertheless, you’ll definitely find comfortable seating to your liking.
Catering in the JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita
There’s a reason for me not calling the food offerings of the JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita “buffet”. While the Sakura Lounge comes with an extensive dining area with a large buffet, the JAL First Class Lounge is more about high quality snacks.
The indefinite highlihgt of the lounge is the sushi bar, which is located in the middle of the dining area. You can choose several different options, which are frehsly prepared for you.
In addition, there are two smaller buffets. You’ll find lots of small snacks and salad options as well as a few hot options. While everything was very good and also looked very appetizing, I was a little surprised there was not more choice.
Both, the alcohol and the drink offerings were amazing at the same time. Freshly prepared sushi and chamagne prior departure is hard to beat. Yet, I was sort-of surprised that the food offerings are a little limited.
Entertainment in the JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita
I was pleasantly surprised that the JAL First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita Airport comes with only a few televisions. In the whole dining area, there is no television, which makes the area much nicer.
The only monitor I spotted in the whole lounge was showing departures. Thus, the best entertainment was watching the gorgeous fleet of Japan Airlines. Other than that, you can also make use of the nice business center of the plentiful selection of newspapers and magzines (including English options).
The Wi-Fi is easy to access and is high-speed. Yet, there were some flaws in-between.
Amenities of the JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita
For First Class guests, Japan Airlines offers two special services. First of all, you can enjoy a complimentary 15-minute massage in case there’s availability (which wasn’t the case in the one hour I spent in the lounge). Second, there’s complimentary shoe shine service during the day.
I took advantage of this service and was pleasantly surprised by the result. Other than that, the JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita comes with very nice washrooms as well as shower rooms, which I had a glimpse at.
Bottom line JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita
The Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita is definitely a great place to hang out prior to your departure. Yet, I wouldn’t rank the lounge among the best in the world. The seating is nice enough, but lacks detached areas.
The food offerings are of the highest quality and the freshly prepared sushi is heavenly, yet there could be a little more choice. The entertainment options are very nice and so are the offered amenities. I’d highly recommend visiting the lounge an hour or so, but wouldn’t go out of my way just to spent time there.