Currently, Emirates operates flights from Dubai to both of Tokyo’s airports – Narita and Haneda. While the premium passengers at Haneda are invited to use JAL lounges, the airline operates its own lounge at Narita.
The Emirates Lounge at Narita airport was opened fairly recently, in June 2015. I had a chance to visit the lounge prior to my business class flight from Narita to Dubai, so I decided to write this review to show you what it was like.
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Location, Opening Hours & Access
The Emirates Lounge is located in Narita airport’s Terminal 2 which is mainly used by Japan Airlines and its oneworld partners, but also gets some non-alliance traffic including Emirates. The lounge is located one floor above the main departures level and it can be easily accessed using an elevator that can be found right after the security checkpoint.
Its opening hours vary depending on the day’s departure time of the Emirates flight to Dubai. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the lounge is open from 5:20PM until the flight’s scheduled departure time of 9:20PM. On the remaining days, it’s open from 6:00PM until 10:00PM.
Besides Emirates business and first class passengers and elite status holders, the lounge can be accessed by Qantas business and first class passengers and status holders as well.
Right past reception, there is a fountain behind which one of the several lounging areas filled with sofa and lounge chairs is located. A business center with a couple of computers and a magazine rack with a selection of both English and Japanese newspapers and magazines are located nearby as well.
As one proceeds to the left, there is another lounging area in more-or-less a separate room.
On the right side of the lounge, there is one more lounging area as well as a dining area with a self-service buffet (more on that below).
Besides the lounging and dining areas, and the business center, the lounge also offers showers for those that want to freshen up before their flight.
Food & Drink Selection
In the buffet area, there is a main counter with food as well as a separate station with lighter refreshments.
The main counter is home to a decent selection of warm meals and bread.
Alcoholic beverages and a coffee machine can also be found on the counter. Canned and bottled soft drinks and beer can be found in fridges under the counter.
The refreshments station offers a selection of cold appetizers, fruits, cheese, and desserts.
The Emirates Lounge Tokyo Narita Summary
I found it commendable that even though Emirates only offers a single daily flight out of Tokyo Narita, it went the extra mile to have a dedicated lounge at the airport.
The lounge offered a variety of comfortable seating options, and the food and drinks selection was better than at some of the other lounges I had a chance to visit at Narita. At the same time, it wasn’t a lounge I would arrive at the airport extra early for.