We took the limousine airport bus from Conrad Tokyo to Narita Airport for 3,000 yen per person. Sure there are cheaper options, but we had accumulated some luggage and paid for convenience. The ride took about 75 minutes to get to the terminal. We headed straight to the first class check-in.
The attendants at the check-in counter seemed quite confused and questioned us if we were in the right line. We showed them our passports and they quickly helped us check-in and tag our baggage :). They explained to us that we could visit the JAL first class lounge once inside.
Security was extremely fast because there is a separate line for first class passengers. We were inside within 5-10 minutes from getting our tickets and headed straight to the lounge. I tried to book a 15 minute massage, but unfortunately they were all booked. Bummer, #firstworldproblems!
We decided to find a seat by the window and eat a little bit of lounge food. I really loved the Japanese beef bowl and thought the Japanese beer machines were cool. The food was surprisingly very good. I didn’t want to eat too much because I would be eating dinner on the plane. Little did I know, the Japanese food on the plane would be a little too exotic for my tastes.
I tried to go sit at the massage chairs, but they were all taken. I ended up just doing some work on my laptop and watch planes come in and out of the terminal.
The Narita Japan Airlines first class lounge is a nice place to relax, but it is not up to par with some of the top lounges in the world. I would recommend try calling to reserve a massage in the lounge before they are all booked. The lounge seemed crowded at times so it felt more like a fancy business class lounge. Nonetheless I was flying first class on 62,500 AA miles, so I don’t have much to complain about!