JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita Review

JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita Review

 

This JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita Review is from our recent Japan trip, including luxury hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto and Ise-Shima. Visiting Japan? See all our posts tagged Japan.

After arriving at Tokyo Narita Airport Terminal 2 on the Narita Express (N'EX) train, we made our way to the Japan Airlines First Class check-in, where there was no line, as there were several counters available. We were checked in by a friendly JAL associate, who also explained that there was expedited security screening for first class and business class passengers, and the location of the lounge after security.

JAL First Class Check-in Tokyo Narita Terminal 2


Location and Access to Japan Airlines First Class Lounge, Tokyo Narita

The Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita Airport is located in Terminal 2, and shares its main entrance on the 3rd floor with the JAL Sakura Lounge.

We had access to the lounge as JAL First Class passengers, although high level elites in JAL's Mileage Bank frequent flyer program also have access. Specifically, First Class Lounge access rules are:

  • JAL First Class and other oneworld First Class: Passenger. JAL First Class can only be accompanied by one guest traveling on the same flight (even if in a different class of service)
  • Oneworld Emerald member
  • JMB Diamond members plus one companion
  • JGC Premier members plus one companion

The lounge is open 7:30am-10pm daily. 

 

JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita Amenities and Seating

After checking in at reception, a hallway on the left leads to baggage storage, although all the locked compartments were already taken during our visit. There was still open, unlocked space available to leave items.

JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita Luggage Storage

 

Even before the luggage storage area is the spa and shower area. You can enjoy a 10 minute complimentary massage on a first come first served basis, with three choices: scalp massage, foot massage or upper body (neck, shoulder and back) massage. 

JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita Massage Treatments

 

Unfortunately, at 4pm, everything was booked until 5:45pm, after our flight departure. It's only 10 minutes, but if you're flying on an afternoon or evening flight and want a massage, plan to get to the lounge a few hours early otherwise it may be entirely booked up. Even the shower rooms were entirely booked for the duration of our visit to the lounge.

JAL First Class Lounge Massage Appointments Fully Booked

 

If you run into the same problem I did, with all massage appointments booked, you can proceed down the main hallway to the lounge, turn left, and pass the business center with computers and printers.

 

After the business center, you'll come to two massage chairs; with any luck, one of them will be available, as it was for me. I actually found that I preferred the massage chair to my prior JAL First Class Lounge massage a few years back. The controls are all labeled in Japanese, but you can experiment with the various settings until you find one that suits you.

Massage Chair

 

Previously, we'd visited the JAL First Class Lounge in the morning, when we had a completely different experience due to being among just a few passengers in the lounge. This time, at about 4:30pm, it was another story–virtually all seats were taken, and the lounge was very crowded. 

Crowded JAL First Class Lounge, Tokyo Narita

 

There are good views of the tarmac from the window, and better natural light, so I recommend a window seat if possible.

View

 

As before, the bathroom was very spartan (it does have high tech washlets as the toilets, however) but very clean. Don't expect to find an array of toiletries, but a sign does inform you that you can request a toothbrush from an attendant.

JAL First Class Lounge Bathroom

 

JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita Food and Drink

I'd found the JAL First Class Lounge food offerings somewhat disappointing a few years back, and my opinion hasn't changed; if anything I found the food less compelling.

There is a sushi bar, but it just offers a boring set of tuna (maguro), squid (ika) and tamago (omelet). The squid, which I really don't care for, has replaced the shrimp, and since we'd had an excellent sushi lunch earlier that day I didn't bother with the sushi bar.

JAL First Class Lounge Sushi Bar

Sushi Display, JAL First Class Lounge Review

 

What my husband and I did try was the self-service sake bar, with three types of sake. The sushi bar chefs, who were jovial, were happy to recommend the best one to us, which I really liked, even though normally I'm not a sake drinker.

Sake Bar, JAL First Class Lounge Tokyon Narita Review

 

The buffet had a number of small savory items, such as pork, chicken, and even one with both Japanese and Western style pickles.

Pork Small Plates, JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita Review

Chicken Small Plates, JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo NRT Review

 

The salad bar was looking a bit messy at the time of our visit, and there was just one fruit cup left, although presumably it was replenished soon after I took the photo.

Salad Bar, JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo NRT Review

Fruit

 

Dessert included sakura (cherry blossom) mochi and a couple of other items.

Dessert

 

There were also hot soups, including a lobster tomato bisque.

Soup

 

The best thing that I tried, as I expected, was the Maison Kayser bread–the one on the left is matcha (green tea) with raisins, and it was delicious).

Maison Kayser Bread

 

In addition to the sake bar, drinks included beer and coffee from machines, juices, iced tea, bottled water, and “Pocari Sweat” energy drink.

Beer Machine and Coffee Machine

Juice

 

The Verdict

Our visit to the very crowded JAL First Class lounge wasn't as enjoyable as our last visit, simply due to how many people there were in the general seating area, as well as the fact that all spa appointments and shower rooms were booked up. If you really want a shower or complimentary 10 minute massage treatment and your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, plan on getting to the lounge with a few hours to spare.

Personally, I don't think it's worth it for those particular amenities, given that otherwise the lounge is nothing special, and the food and drink offerings are rather disappointing. The highlights for me were the massage chair and the Maison Kayser bread (but you can easily get that at a Maison Kayser store in one of the department store food emporiums, plus here in NYC we have many Maison Kayser stores).

If you've been to the JAL First Class Lounge recently, what was your experience?

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