My review of the ANA lounge at Tokyo Haneda’s International Terminal

Yesterday I reviewed my two impressive flights to Tokyo and back on ANA / All Nippon Airways.  You can read my ANA business class review here if you missed it.

Before catching my flight home, I checked out the ANA lounge in the international terminal at Tokyo Haneda airport.  All of ANA’s Heathrow flights depart from Haneda which is far nearer the city centre than Narita.

The ANA lounge is located opposite gate 110. My flight was from gate 112 so it took just 5  minutes to get there from the lounge.

There are two lounge available.  The one I used is for Business Class and Premium Economy passengers – it was interesting to see Premium Economy passengers getting access – as well as Star Alliance Gold members.  First Class passengers can use the ANA Suite lounge next door which unfortunately I didn’t get to see.

(ANA Premium Economy passengers also get lounge at Heathrow and various other airports, which is something to bear in mind when comparing ANA and BA.)

ANA Business Class Lounge Tokyo Haneda review

How could I not have liked the ANA lounge at Tokyo Haneda Airport? The first thing you see after you’ve walked past the reception are Star Wars figures! (I could end my review right here.  Shopper Points readers will know that I am a bit of a Star Wars fan.)  ANA has a tie-in with Star Wars and there is even an aircraft with Star Wars livery.

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Even if you aren’t won over by Star Wars characters, the rest of the lounge is very pleasant indeed.

There are several areas with a vast amount of seats.

ANA Business Class Lounge Tokyo Haneda review

This was the sitting area at the far back where I chose to settle down.

ANA Business Class Lounge Tokyo Haneda review

There was also a TV area with Japanese news.

ANA Business Class Lounge Tokyo Haneda review

I was in the lounge around 10:30 which meant the buffet was still serving breakfast.

There are no British Airways bacon rolls here.  Instead, as well as bread rolls with jam:

ANA Business Class Lounge Tokyo Haneda review

….. you could also indulge in early morning sushi and miso soup.

ANA Business Class Lounge Tokyo Haneda review

This was one of the food and drink areas with bar stools at the front, various drinks at the back and the self serving buffet in between.  Drinks included draught beer, juices, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks for mixers – the usual.

ANA Business Class Lounge Tokyo Haneda review

These were the gorgeous sake vessels near the other food area.

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Video

I took a few short video clips of my flight that you can see here. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel via this page – this is the same link to visit if the video does not automatically appear below.

Conclusion

The ANA business class lounge at Haneda is quite large and with the amount of seats it didn’t feel cramped even though there were lots of people around.  The staff were very friendly and kept refilling the food before it was finished – I never saw the buffet empty.

As the airport bus left the ANA InterContinental hotel quite early (I am reviewing that tomorrow) I had about 90 minutes to kill at the airport after clearing security.   The ANA lounge was a relaxing place to sit down and have breakfast and a drink ahead of the long flight back home.

If I had to be critical, you could argue that you might have expected a little more than the usual seating, eating and drinking options from what is ANA’s flagship home lounge.  That said, combined with the excellent United Club lounge at Heathrow, ANA has a decent set of lounge options if you choose them for your next Asia trip.

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Comments

  1. I’m surprised you found it so quiet. I have used it a dozen times this year for the London flight on a Saturday morning and have struggled to get a seat. Also apart from the curry and noodle window I found the food offering terrible.

    • Prins Polo says:

      It doesn’t look too exciting in the photos, but I guess when you get a roundtrip J ticket for free it’s hard to say the food is horrible in the review – she made it clear by posting photo though.

      • Try not to be too jealous. They did say is was a hospitality ticket from the outset. At least here (unlike one prominent BA lounge magazine and website) they’re honest and upfront about it.

        • Genghis says:

          Has there ever been a scathing review when HfP have got something gratis?

          • I am so amazed that the regular contributors can be so scathing themselves – if your commenting rights were ever take away – a huge chunk of your daily life would evaporate in an instant!

  2. How was the wifi?

  3. It would have been nice to have seen some of the cultural differences on offer at ANA compared to more familiar carriers we know here in Europe. The colorful bento and noritake tableware compared to the boring western same old same old, beautifully presented sushi and udon, what mid flight snack options consisted of. The on board cabin wear. Some of the more unique amenities in the bathrooms Do they still have European based crew on board?

    Overall a nice if not overly comprehensive set of reports and lounge overview. At least ANA are not being lambasted for presenting the pepper and salt the wrong way round – BA Club Europe could take lessons here for the next Manchester Shuttle overview 😉

  4. ANA has Star Wars figures. BA has a horse with a lamp on its head (which i have never understood).

  5. Mr Cinnamon says:

    I found the ANA Business lounge at Haneda very busy and the food on offer very average. Overall I thought the lounge was bland and thoigh comfortable, had nothing to write home about. Disappointing for their flagship business offering.

    They made up for it with onboard service however, if you chose the Japanese menu.

  6. Love the Star Wars figures – only in Japan! The sake vessels look pretty neat too.

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