Review: JAL Sakura Lounge At Tokyo Haneda Airport


I reviewed the JAL Lounge Review At Tokyo Haneda Airport before boarding my British Airways B777-300ER flight in Club World Tokyo to London. It is worth noting that the JAL lounge is, in effect, the British Airways lounge at Tokyo Haneda, as British Airways does not have its own lounge at this Airport.

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Club World and First Class passengers have access to Japan Airlines’ refurbished Sakura lounge, located opposite gate 112 in Henada’s international terminal. Escalators take passengers from the terminal’s ground floor to the reception area on the first floor, where the staff will guide you to either the Business or First Class section within the lounge.

Created by the Japanese interior designer Ruy Kosaka, the Japan Airlines Sakura (which means Cherry Blossom) Lounge spreads over two floors. The lower floor is mainly used as a dining room and has lockers (to store carry-on luggage) and shower facilities. There is also a business center and a small self-serve bar on this floor. The upper floor comprises a large lounge area with plenty of seating options, including armchairs and bar seats. Both floors feature contemporary décor, incorporating traditional Japanese styles such as latticework, Sakura cherry blossom motifs, and art pieces. Both floors embrace the daylight with large windows offering excellent views of the runways, which is a huge plus of this lounge and makes it a complete delight.

I visited the lounge in the early morning hours. The breakfast on offer was at the large buffet station. The food selection was extensive, mixing Western and Japanese cuisine. A highlight was the tasty, freshly baked bread. The buffet also featured scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausages, bacon, several types of sandwiches, corn flakes, chilled corn soup, a salad bar, rice porridge with scallops, spicy seasoned cod roe, grilled Spanish mackerel, and Japanese omelet. A filling selection. I can’t comment on the food during the rest of the day, but judging by their morning offering, it is likely to be generous with great variety.

From the lounge, it was a 10-minute walk to the gate to board my British Airways B777-300ER flight in Club World.

Review by our friends at Luxury Travel Expert

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