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Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Tokyo, Narita (NRT) Review

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This is part of the Around the World 2015 Mega Trip

Man oh Man is this a nice lounge.

  • Massage? Check
  • Massage Chairs? Check
  • Incredible Sushi? Check
  • Feelin’ P.I.M.P.? Discount Double Check
    • Miles went to the bar looking for SIZZURP
    • and I felt like this:
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      Image courtesy of bossip.com

Yes, The Japan Airlines First Class Lounge makes you feel strapped with bling

The Deets:

  • Location: Main building, 4th floor. Enter on 3rd
  • Who can enter the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge:
    • One World Emerald,
    • 1st class international ticket holders on One World

The Japan Airlines First Class lounge is located in 4F, the main building, on the 4th floor. You enter on the 3rd floor and this building isn’t really all that big, with a small shopping area of duty free, and the lounge is only a few minutes walk once you clear immigration. It’s worth noting that there is an American Airlines Admiral’s club downstairs from the main level on the 2nd floor. Dave, Miles and I arrived at the lounge about 4 hours before our flight.

Narita is a long way from downtown Tokyo and we had left a lot of time, not knowing what sort of issues we would encounter on the nearly 90 minute drive to Narita. We also wanted to make good use of the lounge. We’d really wanted to fly JAL first class on the way back from Tokyo to LA, but as luck would have it the availability opened up after British Airways had devalued their chart, and we would have been looking at a huge increase in price. So we took pleasure in indulging in their lounge rather than use the Admiral’s club down below.

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The lounge isn’t really all that big. As you can see, the picture above almost encompasses the entirety of the lounge. There are a couple smaller office style rooms, a massage chair room, a spa, and a computer workstation area.

Speaking of the spa

I have no pictures. Ugh, I know. There were quite a few people in the lounge and it didn’t really seem appropriate to capture them in such a small area, plus I was totally getting the stink eye from the lady running the spa check in. I kinda had my phone out and she knew I was going to sneak a picture, and I got the stink eye. No biggie.

The massage was great, roughly 10 mins and in a private room. The check in process was pretty seamless, just put your name down and return 5 minutes before your appointment. If you have any luggage with you there is a small room just beyond the spa check-in that contains lockers. Easy. Peasy.

The Food.

While in Tokyo, I ate at the ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ restaurant: Sukiyabashi Jiro, Roppongi. It was beyond words. Meticulous preparation, love, passion, culinary explosion, what else can I say – it was out of this world sushi. I’m not going to lie, but the sushi in the lounge of the airport was the 2nd best sushi I’ve ever had. They had toro and shrimp…a few other options, but I had 3 plates of the toro and shrimp. For those unfamiliar with toro, it’s the fatty belly of the tuna and it is seriously tender, succulent, and delicious. It was nonstop at the lounge. Being from Los Angeles, Miles and I are seriously spoiled with good sushi and this lounge had me spinning.

How could the sushi be this good? We’re in a bloody airport!

Went a little British on ya! That’s how good it was…

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Japan Airlines First Class Lounge sushi bar

Toro Toro Toro!!!!!!

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Japan Airlines First Class Lounge TOOOOOOOROOOO

The rest of the bar/food area was good. Nice selection of wines, champers, and booze
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One of the best parts of the bathroom…the toto toilets.

Sorry no pictures, but you can read about them in my Ritz Carlton Tokyo review!

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The computer workstation 
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Oh yes, sorry no mobile phones

The lounge has a no mobile phone policy. So if you need to to use it, there are private booths you can use, or a couple of work rooms that they are allowed in. This may have also been why I was given the stink eye with my phone out…phones are frowned upon.

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Overall impression

The lounge is great. Great massage. Outstanding sushi! A little oasis to watch the planes come and ago before you must head down the terminal to your gate. It’s just amazing to me what points and miles can really do. We not only flew in American First  but we also utilize all of these lounges. Our ticket back cost us just 75k Avios and roughly $135. The sushi alone would have cost us easily $50 or$ 60 a piece in a LA if not more, let alone a couple glasses of champagne…Thanks Miles!

 

Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

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