Review – Cathay Pacific Lounge – Tokyo-Haneda Airport

After a 40 minute bus ride from the Hilton Tokyo we arrived at Terminal 3 at Tokyo-Haneda airport. I much prefer Haneda to Narita as it is closer to the downtown area and seems to generally be less busy. I could not find any reviews of the Cathay Pacific Lounge at Haneda before arriving so I was half-expecting a Priority Pass contract style lounge. I could not have been more wrong!

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Since we were flying on a business class ticket to Hong Kong, we were given an invite to the Cathay Pacific Lounge at Haneda upon checking in for our flight. As we are both OneWorld Sapphires, we would have had access to this lounge anyways. After you clear immigration and security in Terminal 3 (also called the International Terminal), we turned left and proceeded to the far end of the terminal, which was about a 5 minute walk at a leisurely pace.

Before you reach the gates at the far end of the International Terminal, you will see some signage for the Cathay Pacific Lounge. We made a left into the Lounge where you can either take the elevator or the stairs up to the Lounge.


The area is shared by a few other lounges like the JAL and ANA lounges, though the airlines do not share any of the actual space.


After exiting the elevators, we were greeted by the typical dark accents of the Cathay Pacific Lounge. Check-in took just a quick minute and we entered the nearly empty and gorgeous lounge. And I mean, GORGEOUS lounge.


There was a wide array and variety of different seats all over the lounge.




As you can probably guess already, I opted for the seats right by the window overlooking the tarmac.


And the views of both the tarmac and Tokyo were fantastic!


The Lounge is set up with seating to the right when you walk in and a bar/noodle bar to the left. The noodle bar offers a wide assortment of seating as well and even has great views of Mt. Fuji!




The bar next to the noodle bar features a variety of drinks in a cooler, as well as the ever nifty beer machine dispensing ice cold Kirin and an espresso coffee machine.



After grabbing an espresso and taking in the views for a bit, I pulled out my laptop and started doing some work. The hunger bug hit me pretty quickly thereafter so I decided to check out the noodle bar. The menu for the day read as follows:


They had me at Dan Dan Noodles, so I placed an order and grabbed a Kirin while I was there (you can’t eat Dan Dan Noodles without a cold beer, right?)


If you did not want to order from the noodle bar, there was also a small selection of pastries and other light bites that you could select from a cooler.


The noodles were delicious and spicy as always, but made me even more thirsty. At that point I decided to go check out the actual bar which was in the back of the seating area on the right hand side of the lounge. The selection was impressive and they even had Yamazaki and Hikibi Japanese whiskies! If Japanese whiskies are not your thing, they also had a very nice Glenlivet single malt. I opted to try both the Yamazaki and the Hikibi and both were exceptional.


Next to the bar is a cooler filled with various other drinks including fresh squeezed juices and bottles of water.


After a few delicious whiskies, I headed to the bathroom to grab a quick picture for the review.


The bathrooms were both spacious and clean (in fact, they looked brand new) and featured Aesop soaps and lotions.


I wandered around the Lounge a bit more after that and found that they had a small work area with 3 Apple computers and some printers.


At that point our boarding time for our flight to Hong Kong was quickly approaching and I was quickly growing impatient to board the 747 and climb the stairs to the upper deck so we headed for the gate area.

Final Thoughts

Until I was able to experience Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Class Lounge in Hong Kong, this was by far and away the best airport lounge I had ever been to. I was so impressed with Cathay Pacific’s Lounge at Haneda that I would actually go out of my way to fly through Haneda again to experience it! This is most certainly a top notch, cannot miss lounge!

What is your favorite lounge at Tokyo-Haneda airport?

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