Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) is set to open three new lounges on 29 March 2020, coinciding with the launch of international operations from Tokyo Haneda Terminal 2.
Passengers will benefit from easy domestic connections, improved baggage drop and smarter security lanes that can handle multiple travellers at once.
The well-heeled can relax in one of three spaces depending on their flight and ticket – the ANA Suite Lounge, ANA Lounge and ANA Arrival Lounge – which will be among the largest in Japan, with a combined capacity of 1,300 people.
Luxurious: ANA Suite Lounge
ANA's flagship Suite Lounge will welcome the airline's own first class passengers, top-tier ANA Mileage Club Diamond members and high-flying ANA Million Miler cardholders with more than two million lifetime miles under their belt, with each allowed one guest.
The design interweaves traditional Japanese elegance with modern influences – for example, metal mesh walls inspired by iconic shoji partitions divide the lounge into several distinct areas, while preserving a unified theme.
From the exclusive entrance on the 4th floor, featuring a traditional Japanese garden and 'bamboo forest', weary guests can make a beeline to the napping area with six day-beds and five semi-reclined chairs.
There are also 'booth seats' for working, reading or relaxing in suite-style privacy.
Down on the 3rd floor, a live kitchen serves up fluffy omelettes with toppings in the mornings and a dinner selection of nigiri sushi, expertly prepared by a skilled sushi chef; there's also a noodle bar and a restaurant-style dining area called 'Dining h' which offers a full menu including steaks and tempura.
A central point of the ANA Suite Lounge is the bar area, where travellers can perch at the counter – or take a seat at one of the tables – for a barista-pulled coffee in the morning or a bartender-blended cocktail from the afternoon onwards. Of course, there's also a seasonal selection of premium sakes.
Open daily from 5am until the last ANA flight departure of the day, the ANA Suite Lounge takes its name from the Star Alliance members's first class Suite product, which in turn are inspired by luxury Japanese hotels, with a luxury dark wood finish throughout the cabin.
Spacious: ANA Lounge
ANA's main business class lounge at Haneda Terminal 2 hosts up to 900 passengers in an expansive open layout framed by tall windows offering both tarmac views and plenty of natural light, as best illustrated in these concept images.
The long door list includes ANA's own business class and premium economy passengers, Star Alliance Gold members and partner business class passengers, plus ANA Platinum and ANA Super Flyers Card members.
Chefs will be busy cooking up meals at the live kitchen, supplemented by a buffet and noodle bar. The nearby tended bar offers the usual selection of drinks, including Japanese sake.
A semi-secluded area has 24 booths, some tailored for two guests, which wouldn't look too out of place in a modern business class cabin.
Like the nearby ANA Suite Lounge, the main business class lounge is also open daily from 5am until the last flight departure.
Relax: ANA Arrival Lounge
Bleary-eyed ANA business and first class passengers arriving internationally at Haneda in the early hours can head to the ANA Arrival Lounge, which also welcomes Diamond, Platinum and Super Flyers Card members. (ANA Diamond members also have access on arrival from ANA domestic flights).
The entrance is located after immigration and customs on the 2nd-floor arrivals lobby, but an elevator will whisk you back up to the 4th floor where the lounge is located.
Food and beverage options are light here, so expect onigiri (rice balls), sandwiches and soups, plus a small selection of alcoholic and soft drinks.
ANA's Arrival Lounge has 18 shower cubicles, some changing rooms and work booths so passengers can get ready for the day ahead. Interestingly, the lounge also features a special footbath area with views of the runway and beyond.
The ANA Arrival Lounge opens from 4:30am to 12:30pm daily.
Haneda: an Olympic expansion
Haneda Terminal 2 used to only host domestic flights, but international facilities were added ahead of the now-postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which means more streamlined connections for passengers flying onwards within Japan.
While some flights will stay at the older Terminal 3, the majority of ANA's North American, European and Oceania routes will move to Terminal 2 from 29 March onwards as follows:
|ANA Departure terminals||Haneda Terminal 2||Haneda Terminal 3|
|North America/Trans-Pacific routes||New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Vancouver||Chicago, San Francisco, San Jose, Honolulu|
|European routes||London, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Moscow, Vienna, Stockholm, Istanbul||Milan|
|Asia/Oceania routes||Sydney, Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Singapore, Beijing, Qingdao||Seoul, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou|
ANA notes that while these flights will depart from terminals noted above, arrivals may be different. That means easy access to the Terminal 2 arrivals lounge is not guaranteed, but you can still access it from Terminal 3 if you make your own way across.
All Nippon Airways has two Australian routes: Tokyo-Haneda to Sydney and Tokyo-Narita to Perth, although these have been recently affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Tokyo-Narita is a completely separate airport to Haneda, so Perth-bound passengers won't be able to use any of these new lounges for now.