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Review: Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Tokyo NRT

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Review: Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Tokyo NRT

This was my second time visiting the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Tokyo NRT and it’s official…I’m in love with their sushi. The lounge is very nice, in fact, it’s very, very nice, and their free massages are high-five worthy. BUT, the SUSHI is ridiculously good. I live in Los Angeles and eat sushi quite often, I’ve even feasted at one of the best sushi restaurants in the world: Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo. I would say that their nigiri holds up against almost any restaurant I’ve eaten at in LA. FULL STOP! I have a British girlfriend and her vernacular sometimes seeps through when I get excited 😉 Anyways, this isn’t just about sushi, it’s about the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Tokyo NRT. So let’s take a peek!

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We gained access because we were flying First Class on Japan Airlines from Tokyo to Chicago. You could also check out the first class lounge if you’re flying international and One World Emerald, JMB Diamond, or Premier. All 3 of those status holders can bring in one guest.

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After checking in, I’d highly suggest you head straight to the spa and reserve a massage.

I also reserved a spa suite for a quick shower and shave prior to our flight.

From there I’d grab a locker because space fills up very quickly. The lounge isn’t really that big and can get pretty crowded.

My Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox backpack fit perfectly in. ( You can pick one up at Amazon )

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Belongings locked up. Time for food.

Aside from Sushi, I’d say that the food options in the First Class lounge are just average. I think the main problem is the lounge just doesn’t have that much space. If you go to the Sakura lounge next door you’ll have more options for general food. The Sakura lounge is ENORMOUS, two floors, and where Miles was first recognized by a lovely couple on a holiday =)

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The main event is the sushi. This time I got 5 rounds of Tuna.

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The follwing pics are actually from my last visit.  The lounge was very crowded on this visit, but my pics from 2015 show the facility much better. The tuna melts in your mouth and is so simple and clean. You’re only allowed 3 pieces per visit, although I was lucky enough to get four on one of my repeat visits 😉

Belly Full. Back to the spa to choose a treatment. I went with the upper body care. After a sleepless redeye flight my body was in need.

ICYMI, I didn’t have the best experience flying on Japan Airlines 787-8. This spa treatment erased those memories!

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Off to a Shower Suite. Small, but it had a Multi Headed shower. Cah’mon!

There is something about showering in a first class lounge that feels so naughty. You’re in an airport. Most people associate airports with being congested, stressful, and dirty. Entering a luxurious spa-like bathroom to rejuvenate is quite special. My biggest complaint would be the size ( I could barely prop up my carry-on and turn around), but the appointments are top-notch.

YES! There was multiple jets on the shower. It was fantastic and reminded me of the showers in the Penthouse of the Peninsula Bangkok.

Feeling refreshed I did a quick tour of the lounge again before sitting down for yet one more round of sushi 😉

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Private work space

You won’t hear anyone on their phones. I quite like this. If you need to make a call there are phone booths.

Again I enjoyed my time in the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Tokyo NRT.

I also visited the Sakura lounge and the Admiral’s Club on this visit, and you can’t really go wrong with any of these 3 lounges. The Japan Airlines First Class lounge is particularly nice if you’re looking for outstanding sushi and a massage. The shower suites are small, but finely appointed with multiple jets that massage your worries away. I would note, if you’re looking for a pod to sleep, the Sakura lounge next door has a few of them and I would request the hostess of the First Class Lounge to reserve you one.

This was the perfect way to kill a few hours in Tokyo before enjoying our outstanding First Class flight home.


This review is a part of the Trip Report: Miles Traces his roots in Southeast Asia


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