After spending some time in the United Club at Tokyo Narita before departing on a spotting trip to Phuket, I switched over to ANA Lounge in the terminal’s Satellite 4. Hirofumi reviewed this lounge before, so make sure to check his review as well.
The lounge is located near gates 41 to 47, one floor below the departures level – and it is one of ANA’s two international business class lounges at Tokyo Narita. Just on a side note, one of ANA’s two first class lounges is also located in the same area, but one floor above the departures level.
Are you interested in trying business or first class for the price of economy?
If so, you might want to check out Four Ways to Try Business Class Without Breaking the Bank - a free guide that I put together detailing some of the ways I was able to do so - and experiment with some of the methods mentioned in it.
When I passed the door, I found myself in the lounge’s reception area which besides the reception desk also featured a large R2D2 ANA Jet model signed by the Star Wars cast.
Going into the lounge through an elegant black hallway, there were reading materials and flight information displays.
The lounge itself is laid out in an interesting triangular shape with the top part of the triangle being the main part of the lounge, and the two shorter sides being the reception area, and the restrooms and showers.
While I didn’t visit the lounge’s showers, Hirofumi did during his visit last year, so make sure to check his review here.
Starting at the very left side of the lounge, there was a quiet sleeping area which featured about ten semi-private rooms. While most of them were equipped with a daybed, two of them had a massage chair instead.
Going back from the quiet area towards the lounge’s entrance, there was a large seating area with several rows of sofa chairs, as well as a single dining table.
And, on the right, there was a noodle bar which is one of the signature features of ANA’s lounges.
Then, there were some more rows of sofas on the left side, and the buffet area on the right side.
After passing the lounge’s entrance, there was a customer service desk, and the entrance to another signature feature of the lounge – a sake bar which, at the time of my visit, featured several varieties of sake from Hokkaido.
As far as seating is concerned, there were a couple of tables with two chairs each, as well as several counter-height chairs in the back part of the sake bar.
Across from the sake bar, there was another seating area. This area was similar to the other seating areas in the lounge, featuring rows of sofa chairs.
Finally, behind the sake bar, there was a smoking room, and a well-equipped business center. Besides more than a dozen work spaces both with and without computers, the business center also included a printer and copier, as well as some (open) phone booths.
Food and Drinks Selection
All the food and drinks in the lounge could be found in three areas – the main buffet, the noodle bar, and the sake bar.
Starting with the sake bar, as mentioned above, there was a selection of sakes available for tasting. And, during my visit, the four types were all made on the island of Hokkaido.
In the noodle bar, a variety of dishes (mainly, but not just noodles) were offered.
I had curry udon which was tasty, and I found the portion size to be just right.
Finally, there was the buffet area in the middle of the lounge which was home to the majority of the food and drinks in the lounge.
As far as soft drinks are concerned, the selection was about the same as in all of the other lounges in Japan. There was the usual soda (and juice) dispenser. And, there were also tomato and vegetable juices as well as milk in pitchers.
Finally, there was a coffee maker and a selection of tea bags.
As for alcohol, there were about half a dozen liquor bottles, some wines as well as automated beer dispensers which Japanese lounges are famous for.
The food selection was sufficient as well.
There were some light snacks such as candies and (rice) crackers. There were also some salads, bite-sized sandwiches, cereals. As for dessert, there was almond jelly.
Some of the more substantial cold items included onigiri (rice balls), sushi, and bread.
Finally, there were also warm items including miso soup, hot and sour soup, fried noodles, and sweetened vinegar chicken.
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita Summary
The ANA Lounge at Tokyo Narita offers all of the amenities one would expect from a decent business class lounge and then some. While I would appreciate a wider selection of hot dishes, the noodle bar compensates for that. And, the sake bar is certainly a nice addition for people interested in that!
That said, as far as seating and working is concerned, I found the United Club to be less crowded and brighter. But, that might vary greatly depending on the time of the day during which you visit the lounge.