Photos: Japan Airlines' revamped Sakura Lounges at Tokyo Haneda

By David Flynn, March 25 2014
Photos: Japan Airlines' revamped Sakura Lounges at Tokyo Haneda

Qantas partner Japan Airlines will open its revamped Sakura Lounges at Haneda Airport's International Terminal this weekend

Both the main Sakura Lounge and the satellite Sky View lounge will open their doors on Sunday March 30, with the upgraded JAL First Class Lounge to follow at the end of August.

JAL says the lounge redesign is based on the concept of "modern Japanese style" with elements such as latticework and sakura cherry blossom motifs.

Situated at the centre of Haneda's international terminal and split across two floors, the Sakura Lounge has room for 314 passengers.

The entrance and dining room are on the fourth floor, while the fifth floor provides views of the runway and through to downtown Tokyo.

JAL has set aside a 'business corner' for travellers wanting some privacy while they work plus a 'priority corner' reserved for passengers who would be eligible to use the JAL First Class Lounge before the revamped first lounge opens.

The Sky View Lounge, located on the fifth floor in the newly expanded area of the international terminal, has 271 seats and also provides a view across the domestic terminal and downtown Tokyo from its 'sky hill' section.

Behind the drinks bar sits a representation of the world map created by Japanese calligrapher Souun Takeda.

Latticework helps subtly divide the Sky View lounge into discrete zones.

Both lounges boast more showers and a new 'multi-function restroom' with locker area and nursing room, while the ladies' restroom includes a 'make-up corner'.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Thanks David! Very timely indeed!

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25 Sep 2013

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LOVE the world map artpiece!  The lounge overall has a lovely airy feel to it.


13 Mar 2013

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Hanada is aggressively expending its international services and there is quite a high demand for a bigger & better lounge for JAL & it's partners. The current one is simply too small, compared to Narita's one. But be cautious once the new wing opens the number of boarding gates will be 3x than currently have. Yes a bigger lounge is good but please also expecting more pax getting in there.

However currently all Aust/Jpn direct services are at Narita(NRT) rather than Haneda(HND). Personally I favour HND because it is very easy to get to downtown Tokyo (20mins Keikyu train) or getting connection flights to nearly all airports in Jpn. Narita is simply too far & quite time consuming to go to your final destination.


14 Jun 2013

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Two things I would like to see.

1. An Australian airline fly into Haneda rather than Narita. Not sure Qantas would ever do that, but maybe Jetstar, or even Virgin if it began Sydney-Tokyo flights?

2. Once we get Badgery's Creek up and running and without a curfew it would be good to have Sydney scaled back to becoming a 'city' airport while Badgery's Creek serves the greater suburbs. Sort of like London City but really more like Haneda.

18 Mar 2015

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Can you enter this lounge as a Qantas Club member booked on a Qantas codeshare flight (using JAL) to Sing? Oh, unfortunately in cattle class.

I'm guessing not, however appreciate any comments.

24 Apr 2012

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Unfortunately not – you'd need to be a Gold frequent flyer or above to gain access.

18 Mar 2015

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Thanks for the rapid response Chris. There is one major benefit in flying from NRT, even if it is Jetstar......

Given the new Haneda flights from July 31, I wonder if Qantas will look at a new designated lounge...

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