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Review: ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5)


Prior to a flight to Bangkok with Thai Airways, I had a chance to spend a couple of hours in the ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5). This is one of two ANA Lounges in Terminal 1, with the other located in Satellite 2.

I hadn’t spent much time in Tokyo Narita before, and I was looking forward to seeing if the ANA Lounge held up to the lofty reputation of the airline.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Entry & Access

The ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) is located on the fourth floor of the airport, above Gates 51–55

After heading through security, follow the signage for “Airline Lounge”, which has the logos for the ANA Lounge and the ANA Suite Lounge clearly displayed.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Access

To get to the fourth floor, you can head up an escalator or take a nearby elevator.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Escalator access

The entrance is located through sliding glass doors at the top of the escalator. You can access both the ANA Suite Lounge and the ANA Lounge from the same entry point.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Entrance

Access to the ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) is available to passengers flying on a Star Alliance airline in business class or First Class. Furthermore, Star Alliance Gold members may access the lounge with a ticket in any class of service on a Star Alliance airline.

Guests travelling in premium economy on an ANA flight, as well as passengers with Diamond Service, Platinum Service, Super Flyers, and ANA Million Milers, also enjoy access to the lounge.

The ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) is also accessible with a Priority Pass membership; however, access isn’t available from 1–5pm.

Passengers travelling in First Class, as well as guests with Star Alliance Gold, Diamond Service, Platinum Service, Super Flyers, and ANA Million Milers, can bring in one guest who is travelling on the same flight. 

In my case, I enjoyed access on account of my Star Alliance Gold status and with a Thai Airways business class ticket. 

The ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) is open daily from 7am until the departure of the last ANA flight. 

After having my boarding pass scanned, I was directed to the left of the check-in desk to begin my stay.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Check-in desk
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Lounge entrance

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Seating

The ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) is a large space with a number of different seating options for guests. 

Immediately upon entering the lounge, there is an island with single high-top chairs and a larger seating area with armchairs. The room is bright due to the floor-to-ceiling windows and the accent lamps situated at many of the seats.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – High-top seating
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Main seating area
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Main seating area

There are power outlets available at each seat, and plenty of storage space on which you can place your belongings.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Seating
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Seating
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Seating

In front of the windows are cream armchairs arranged in pairs between partitions. These seats have an excellent tarmac view of the below gates.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Window seats
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Tarmac view

In between the main buffet area and the noodle bar are more single seats, which could be used as a workstation or a nice spot to slurp up your noodles.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Seating

There is a long hallway that leads to another section of the lounge, and en route are seats arranged in sets of four. The other section was roped off during my visit; however, it’s my understanding that it opens up when the first part of the lounge begins to get full.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Seating

In this area, there’s also a wireless printer available for guests, and a small duty-free shop.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Printer

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Dining

The main buffet area is located immediately to the right once you enter the lounge.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Buffet area

I visited the ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) during the morning, when breakfast items were still being served. 

Guests were asked to use plastic gloves or sanitize their hands prior to helping themselves to the buffet items. A machine inflates the gloves when you wave your hand by a sensor, which at least makes it easy to put them on.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Plastic glove machine

The buffet islands had some Japanese options, including onigiri, as well as pastries, sandwiches, and a salad bar.

Hot buffet items that were available included the ANA original chicken curry, rice, sausages, scrambled eggs, and steamed vegetables. The buffet had been fairly picked over when I went to check it out, and didn’t look too attractive.

In the main buffet area, you’ll find a range of beverages. 

Non-alcoholic options include a soft drink dispenser, hot and cold coffees, an automatic coffee maker, and a range of teas.

Alcoholic beverages available in the ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) include a handful of hard alcohol, wine, sake, sparkling wine, and a beer machine. The beer machine was quite amusing to watch, as it tilted beer glasses and created a nice head of foam.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Liquor selection
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Sparkling wine
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Beer machine

Tucked away in the back corner of the lounge is a noodle bar. 

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Noodle bar
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Noodle bar

You can choose from seven different types of noodle dishes, including soba, udon, or ramen. There’s also a selection of vegetable curries available.

After placing your order, you’re given a buzzer which alerts you when your food is ready.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Noodle bar buzzer

During my time in Japan, I ate ramen almost every day, so I decided to order some udon this time to balance things out a bit.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Udon

As expected, the noodles hit the spot, and I went back for another round. The portion size isn’t large, so if you’ve brought a healthy appetite with you, you may want to order multiple items to satisfy your hunger.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Showers

Showers are available at the ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5). 

In the main part of the lounge, there’s a machine that you can use to book a shower suite; however, it requires a working phone number for sending a notification. 

Instead, you can simply head back to the front desk and ask the staff there about shower room availability. I’m a big fan of showering before flights, and much to my delight, there was a room available for me when I went to ask.

The shower suites are accessed via a hallway by the ANA Suites Lounge entrance.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Shower room access
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Shower room access
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Shower room access

The shower rooms are quite spacious, and were meticulously cleaned.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Shower room

Inside the shower room, there’s a walk-in shower, Japanese-style toilet, sink, and a hair dryer.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Shower room
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Shower room toilet

There are a number of complimentary amenities in the shower rooms, too, including slippers, a shaving kit, and a toothbrush.

ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Shower room sink
ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5) – Shower room amenities

Conclusion

Overall, I enjoyed my stay at the ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (Satellite 5). While I spent most of my visit getting some work done before my flight, I also had a chance to enjoy a delicious bowl of udon and have a refreshing shower before my flight.

While the buffet looked a bit sad during my visit, the noodle bar more than made up for the other items, and I’d suggest heading straight for it when you visit. There was also a decent selection of beverages available, including Japanese whiskey.

It looks like the lounge is substantially larger than what I had access to, and I’d like to return to the lounge next time I’m in Tokyo to check it out in its entirety. 




This story originally appeared on princeoftravel

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