I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the JAL First Class Lounge at Narita is the most underrated lounge I’ve ever been to. No one ever talks about JAL generally, and this lounge never makes it onto people’s top 10 lists, but I LOVED this lounge.
Now, this lounge doesn’t have private cars to your airplane or an hour-long massage (although they do have spa services that book up hours in advance), but what it does have is RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS food. Like delicious enough for me to want to pay for it. I can think of very, very few instances where I’d actually be willing to pay money in my everyday life for food provided in an airport lounge or on an airplane, which alone makes this lounge great to me.
This lounge is large, spacious, and tastefully decorated. It feels significantly larger than the ANA Suite Lounge, so it’s not overcrowded. There are large windows that look out on the apron, and they have massage chairs, which I love. They also have free ten-minute massages, but they book up very, very quickly (when I asked, they said it would be a wait of over 3 hours).
Now, I don’t really know anything about alcoholic drinks, but I did notice that they serve Hokkaido milk. I don’t really drink milk (being Asian and all), but I’ve had foods made with Hokkaido milk and they’re ridiculously delicious, so I imagine that Hokkaido milk by itself is pretty great. They also have Skytime, which is JAL’s signature drink (kinda like ANA and kabosu juice).
Now, onto the food, which I won’t do justice. I only tried a couple of things, but what I did try was delicious. I had some of the original beef curry, inari with quail egg and roe on top, Japanese sweets, and a weird-sounding thing called tofu refuse. It was all great. They also serve things like Maison Kayser breads, which I appreciate.
This lounge isn’t as exclusive or crazy as other first class lounges like the Lufthansa First Class Terminal or the Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai, but honestly, this is one of my favorites. The food is delicious, and good food is the way to my heart. Granted, I was only there for half an hour, but I have a trip through Narita in the coming months, so I’ll definitely stop by again and report back if my feelings change.