Lounge Review: Lounge Hana at Naha Okinawa

Lounge Review: Lounge Hana at Naha Okinawa

Besides the domestic lounges operated by ANA and JAL – the two largest airlines in Japan – there are also third-party “credit card” lounges at airports all over Japan. One such lounge is Lounge Hana (stylized “~hana~”) which can be found at Naha airport in Okinawa.

I visited it briefly after arriving in Naha from Sapporo on Japan’s longest domestic flight, so here’s a review.

Location, Opening Hours & Access

Lounge Hana is located on the very right side (looking from the outside) of domestic arrivals section. As such, given that it’s located landside, it can be accessed not only before departure, but also after arrival. Also, if you visit the lounge before departure, make sure to leave enough with enough time left to go up to the departures floor, clear security, and walk to your gate.

Lounge Hana Okinawa
Entrance into the lounge.

The lounge is open from 8AM until 8PM every day. And, while generally there is no restriction as to how long you can stay inside, the sign at the entrance says the lounge reserves a right to restrict the maximum length of visit in case there’s a typhoon, etc.

You can access the lounge for free by using one of the eligible Japanese credit cards (such as the Rakuten Premium card I have) or by paying a fee of 1,296 yen (about 10 dollars).

Lounge Tour

Just past the entrance, there was a reception, and past that there was a hallway leading to the other parts of the lounge. Besides that, there was a shorter hallway leading to the lounge’s rest rooms and – unusually for a domestic credit card lounge in Japan – shower rooms. To use the showers, a fee of 864 yen (about 8 dollars) was charged, though.

The hallway was lined with several chairs, and towards the middle of it on the left side, there was a small business center with a photocopier and fax, as well as half a dozen or so cubicles. At the end of the hallway, there was a partitioned-off section for visitors to take phone calls in.

Lounge Hana Okinawa Hallway
Hallway.
Lounge Hana Okinawa Business Center
Business center.

On the left side of the hallway, there was the main part of the lounge including the drinks and snacks counter which I’ll talk about in more detail later. Besides that, there was a couple of counters with high-top chairs and several rows of sofa chairs.

There were also some (Japanese) reading materials.

Lounge Hana Okinawa Drinks and Snacks
Drinks and snacks counter.
Lounge Hana Okinawa Seating
Main seating area.
Lounge Hana Okinawa Reading Materials
Reading materials.
Lounge Hana Okinawa Seating
Counter.

Finally, at the very end of the main seating section, there was another smaller seating area with some more sofa chairs.

Lounge Hana Okinawa Seating
Smaller seating area in the back.

Food and Drinks

Just like other Japanese domestic card lounges, a selection of soft drinks and some (very) light snacks – i.e. rice crackers – were offered for free with alcoholic drinks being offered for sale.

The free drinks included coffee and tea, soda, and juices. Interestingly, besides the usual apple and orange juice, guava and shequasar (a fruit that Okinawa is well known for) juices were offered.

Lounge Hana Okinawa Soft Drinks
Tea, coffee, soft drinks.
Lounge Hana Okinawa Juices
Juices.
Lounge Hana Okinawa Snacks
Rice crackers.
Lounge Hana Okinawa Alcoholic Drinks
Alcoholic drinks for sale.

Lounge ~hana~ Naha (Okinawa) Summary

The lounge was an OK place to grab a quick drink after the fairly long flight from Sapporo. Especially so given that the selection of juices offered some local fruit flavors as well. As such, I would not hesitate to visit the lounge again if I had the chance to do so – although I wouldn’t head to the airport early just for the lounge unless I wanted to work a bit before my flight.

I would also not pay to visit the lounge. However, paying to enter the lounge might make sense if you are catching a late flight back to Tokyo or somewhere else and could use a shower after a full day in Okinawa. In that case, the 20 dollars or so for the lounge access plus shower might be worth it depending on your circumstances.


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