I am a fan of (Tokyo, NRT) Narita International Airport’s ANA lounges. There are few different ANA lounges at NRT airport. I flew to NRT (Tokyo Narita) from Seattle and attended the ANA lounge Satellite No. 5 at the 4th floor in Terminal 1 (the left side of the map below).
The ANA Suite Lounge is only for First Class customers on ANA and/or Star Alliance member carrier operated flights and ANA “Diamond Service” Members on ANA and/or Star Alliance member carrier operated flights. I am not a member of either one, which was why I attended the Ana Lounge only.
It is better than sitting on these dreadful seats at the gates for hours especially if you are transiting. I documented on ANA Lounge Satellite No. 4 last year.
To be eligible for Ana Lounge Satellite No. 5 (or No. 4):
Please kindly have your boarding pass and mileage card ready in your hand.
1. First Class customers on ANA and/or Star Alliance member carrier operated flights and one accompanying guest per customer.
2. Business Class customers on ANA and/or Star Alliance member carrier international flights.
3. ANA “Diamond Service” “Platinum Service” and ANA Super Flyers Card Members on ANA and/or Star Alliance member carrier international flights and one accompanying guest per customer.
4. Star Alliance Gold members on ANA and/or Star Alliance member carrier operated flights and one accompanying guest per customer.
5. Star Alliance Member Carriers’ Paid Lounge Membership customers on ANA and/or Star Alliance member carrier operated flights and one accompanying guest per customer.
Special Note: Customers under the age of 2 on ANA operated flight are welcome for free. Alcoholic beverages will be available only for the customers of legal drinking age.
ANA Lounge Satellite No. 5 and No. 4 both seat up to 400 members. The lounges are both fairly big. I prefer ANA Lounge Satellite No. 4 for better food selections, easier noodle bar, and ambiance.
Services such as shower facility, business support, newspapers or drinks as well as food selection.
There are plenty of food beverages from juices to alcohol to sake. Keep yourself hydrated as much as possible before flights. My favourite food beverage is the ポカリスエット (Pocari Sweat), which is a popular Japanese energy drink.
Both lounges have complimentary noodle bars. Inform the kitchen staff that you would like soba or udon noodles (from the picture below) with either option: fried tofu and green onions, OR wild vegetables, then say no “dashi” or “sakana” (fish stock or fish). They will replace the fish broth with vegetable broth which is very noticeable in smell. They will give you a tag until they call you up. Once ready, return the tag to them.
If you have trouble communicating with the kitchen staff at the noodle bar or even the food buffet area, there is always the front desk staff at ANA lounge that can translate for you, which is convenient. Most dishes at the buffet area have written ingredients in English. Otherwise use this helpful card and show it to the kitchen staff or any staff (via JustHungry):
I ordered an udon noodle in plain vegetable broth, which is enough for a quick vegan meal at the lounge.
The lounge’s food buffet area is small. You usually will find inari (bean curd stuffed rice) sushi, fresh fruits, saltine crackers (ingredients are vegan), and sometimes plain fried omusubi (triangle-shaped with sesame seeds).