I spent the bulk of my layover in Tokyo Narita (NRT) in the ANA Lounge, which offers a nice selection of food and drink, showers, and other amenities that make waiting for your flight enjoyable.
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita Review (NRT)
After stepping off my United Airlines flight from Los Angeles, I headed to the ANA Lounge, which was about 10 minutes way by foot.
Location + Hours + Access
The lounge is located in Satellite 5, but wherever you are in Terminal 1, just follow the signs to the ANA lounge…it’s easy enough to find. Operating hours are from 7:00am until the last departure of an ANA-operated flight.
Access is available to ANA and Star Alliance Gold first class, business class, and premium economy passengers. First class passengers are allowed one guest (and can also use the adjacent ANA Suites lounge). Start Alliance Gold members also have access with one guest. ANA Super Flyers Members also have access.
Proceed up the escalator to the lounge, where you will be checked in and then directed left.
This is a large lounge with seating for at least 500 passengers. The main room includes rows of seats and couches, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the tarmac.
It was quite crowded, but the rear portion of the lounge was roped off. As the lounge continued to get crowded, that area was opened, though never filled up like the front portion.
By the time I left, the lounge had emptied out a bit.
Food + Drink
If you’re hungry, you can order the the following dishes from the noodle bar:
- Kitsune (Deep-fried Tofu) Soba or Udon
- Grated Yam and Wakame Seaweed Soba or Udon Kakiage(Deep-fried Various Vegetables)Soba or
- Udon Ramen with Pork Broth
- ANA Original Chicken Curry
After placing your order, you’ll be given a small buzzer, which will alert you when your food is ready.
The buffet includes a selection of eastern and western choices, like salads, sandwiches, and even a trio of hot dishes (the full menu is available here). Drinks include coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice, water, sake, beer, wine, and spirits.
I enjoyed some noddles and a glass of Suntory World whiskey. I rarely drink whiskey, but make an exception for Japanese whiskey, which is my favorite.
A retro feature of this lounge (and Japan itself): pay phones are still a thing.
An indoor smoking lounge is available. Signs indicate that no food or drink is permitted in the smoking room.
Great views of the tarmac:
If you need to print, scan, or copy, a business center offers wireless connectivity.
I did take a shower during my layover, which was refreshing. To request a shower, visit reception in front where you will exchange your boarding pass for a shower key. The showers are located on the first class side.
ANA offers a solid lounge at Tokyo Narita, with a nice selection of food and drink, fast wi-fi, plenty of seating, and showers. While I look forward to the United Club reopening at NRT, this is the better lounge even when it does.