Korean Air Lounge, Tokyo Narita Airport

Thanks to our awesome Priority Pass membership, we had access to the Korean Air lounge in the international terminal of Tokyo’s NRT airport. While we didn’t know what to expect from the lounge, we were pleased nonetheless to have a place to relax before our flight to Manila.

Upon arrival into Tokyo’s Narita airport, we deplaned and followed the signs for “transit flights”. As we headed through the security and ultimately the duty free, we ended up inside the Narita terminal.

Our first greeting was with “Ana Pepper,” the ANA Robot who can help you out! All you have to do is wait for her ear to be blue, and she’ll direct you to where you need to go.

Ana Pepper Robot

Ana Pepper Robot

Apparently when we arrived, she was a baaaaaad girl and given time out. Oh well, next time Pepper!

The Korean Air lounge was hidden behind two walls, and the three of us spend a good 5 minutes looking for the entrance, almost losing each other in the process. We did manage to find it, and were swiftly granted access.

KAL Lounge Entrance

KAL Lounge Entrance

The lounge is small, with seating for about 50-60 passengers.

KAL Lounge Entrance

KAL Lounge Entrance

There was also a private area for first class passengers only, and we only saw about 1-2 people in there at any given time.

KAL Seating Arrangements

KAL Seating Arrangements

The snack selection was… varied. And strange. And very… well… you can take a look for yourself.

We have saltines, rice crackers, and oreo cookies:

KAL Lounge "Snacks"

KAL Lounge “Snacks”

We had the world’s worst pastries, made 4 days ago in a factory that also produces tears and sorrow. They were the driest, blandest pastries I’ve ever tried.

KAL Pastries

KAL Pastries

To accompany them were these odd sushi rice triangles. The seaweed triangles were either Spicy Cod eggs, flaked tuna with mayonnaise, or grilled salted salmon shunks. The rice balls were were either Sea weed, pickled plum, or brown nice and chicken. Yea, than what we were used to, for sure!

There was also the standard Styrofoam ramen soup options, which I will continue to never understand why this is a thing.

KAL Ramen Selection

KAL Ramen Selection

Also, just like in the Korean Air lounge in Seoul, there was a self-pouring beer machine. Just place your mug on the device, press a button, and it will tilt back so that a lot of head doesn’t form on top. Pretty awesome invention!  It was a pretty simple lounge, and we only had about 45 minutes between our flights, but that was enough time for us to get a drink, a clean bathroom, and some wifi connections to catch up on what was going on back home.

KAL Self Pouring Brewing machines

KAL Self Pouring Brewing machines

It’s a great option for those PP holders that need a place to relax, but I wouldn’t want to spend too much time there, as it was loud, crowded, and with limited options for food/drinks.

With that, off to our connecting flight to Manila!

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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10 Comments

  1. These are very standard snacks in Asia. Perhaps it’d help to be more open minded when you’re traveling abroad.

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    • Thanks for your reply! I’m VERY open minded with food when I travel (it’s one of the best parts OF travel!), and I didn’t speak poorly of the sushi triangles, in fact I ate two of them! But the pastries were… sad 🙁

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      • I wouldn’t expect good pastries in a mediocre lounge in Asia, just like how I wouldn’t expect the sushi in a gas station in Texas to be particularly awesome.

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        • Well, Mister Coward… I would direct you to this!

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  2. ” odd sushi rice triangles” = Japanese Rice Balls = onigiri

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    • Thank you! I knew that someone would know what they are 🙂

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      • Surprised you have never been to Japan. They are in every 7-11, circle k or family mart

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        • This was our first Japan experience, but it won’t be our last. Japan has fascinated me since I was a kid. I really want to take time and explore the country.

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  3. Next week I’ll pay a visit to this lounge on my way to Seoul with KE.

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    • Awesome. Hope you enjoy!

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