It was time to head home to Los Angeles from Tokyo. I arrived to the airport fairly early 10:30am before my 4pm departure out of Narita from Terminal 2. The main reason of my early arrival to the airport was because I wanted to explore what the Tokyo Narita airport has to offer and visit some of the OneWorld Lounges. As a OneWorld Emerald I was granted access at the Sakura Lounge located near gate 82 and up. Japan Airlines is part of the OneWorld Alliance. The font desk staff was friendly upon my entrance and they just asked for my boarding pass and passport, I was clear in matters of minutes. I was flying Business Class on American Airlines on flight AA170 which is the aircraft that comes in from DFW. Keep in mind that the Business Class lounge tends to get fairly busy, but while I was there it was pretty empty and I counted a total of 10 passengers during my visit to the lounge.
I was very impressed with the lounge because of the lovely views of the tarmac, I enjoyed seeing some heavy’s land & some heavy’s pushing back and I consider this an AVGeek obsession (at least mine) and I could spend a few hours in there enjoying the sights. The amenities of the lounge are simple yet very well presented and organized for the visitors to enjoy and take advantage of. The lounge also offers a variety of seating such as: Business center, a quiet zone & the formal section for others to sit and chat with their mates & spouses. My favorite part of the lounge was the massage chair section in which I spent almost an hour before departure getting a massage and dozing off, they have a total of 4 massage chairs.
Massage chairs at the Sakura Lounge Tokyo Narita airport.
Incase you are wondering and haven’t been to this lounge before, the chairs are free of charge and you can spend as much time as you would like using them. They offer a tutorial so you get the most of out them and the chairs also have some cool features, so be sure to take your time and get the most out of them. Great amenity and this helped me relax before my 11 hour flight over the pacific en route to Los Angeles.
The Bar & Food selection at the Sakura Lounge Tokyo Narita airport.
The Bar & food selection of the lounge – of course it’s mainly Japanese food & down below you can expect the following dishes.
- A variety of signature rolls such as: California Roll, Salmon & Sashimi platters.
- The well known Japanese soup known as: Miso soup.
- A variety of alcoholic beverages such as: White Wine, Red Wine, Beer, Whiskey, Vodka, Saki, etc.
- If you are traveling with kids, they will be able to have different soft drinks: Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, etc.
I was very pleased with the selection of drinks but I think the food selection can be improved – I only had a miso soup because prior to visiting the Sakura Lounge I went overboard with the meals offered at the Admirals Club, in which I will be covering in the near future. Normally at the bar & food section theres a staff member helping the visitors with their drinks and food but during my visit, it was self served.
Sitting areas of the Sakura Lounge Tokyo Narita airport.
Due that I had one hour before departure, I went straight to the massage chairs but before that I explored the different sitting sections of the lounge, the ones I am showing down below gives you an idea and perspective of the lounge and what to expect from it when arriving. The sitting section facing the tarmac are very comfortable and they provide power outlets in every section for you to charge your devise or computer. The sitting section within the middle of the lounge was very comfortable as well and they also offer a charging station. On another section of the lounge you can expect to get a little more of an upbeat vibe because thats where the TV section is at and to be honest, it was fairly quiet during my time there, the sitting is a little different than the rest of the sitting sections as they have couches & lounge type chairs to unwind and perhaps, get some sleep!
Behind the section of the lounge down below, the lounge also offers a smoking room for those willing to smoke – I stayed away from that section because I am extremely allergic to smoke but as I walked through it to use the restroom, you could not even get a sniff out of it – so kudos to the lounge for designing the room to keep the smoke within the room – at least during my stay. Because according to one of the visitors who is a frequent flyer as well, he shared that there are times he cannot enter the lounge because of heavy smoke odor. I guess each passenger has a different story and experience when visiting the lounge.
The Sakura Lounge at Tokyo Narita International airport in my opinion it’s a good lounge, definitely not one of my favorites but I enjoyed my visit. The lounge was clean, well organized and the staff on duty was attentive and caring. If you have access to the lounge, I would recommend it rather than spending your time in the terminal. Of course there is always room for improvement to make it an even better lounge and if I had to point out what aspect they should improve, it would be the food selection.
If you have visited this particular lounge, what are your thoughts?
Best, John Carter.