Japanese carrier, JAL opened its newly-renovated Sakura lounge for international flights at Osaka (Kansai) Airport on July 21, 2015. Located near Gate 37, the updated facilities in Kansai Airport match new the design aesthetics found in JAL’s Tokyo Haneda Sakura lounge. The lounge follows the concept of “Modern Japanese Style” and is aiming to impart the message of the “Heart of Japan” and “Japanese Hospitality” to customers.
Considering this is one of Japan’s major airports, this is will be good news to JAL passengers flying on international flights to Honolulu, Bangkok, Shanghai and Taipei, in addition to the latest non-stop flight to Los Angeles, as well as OneWorld and other airline customers (including Singapore Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Emirates) who also have access to the lounge.
The new Sakura Lounge can sit up to 177 guests in its different public areas, and even offers a comfortable smoking room and two massage chairs for a bit of extra pampering. The favourite seats here are situated on the long bench that lines the windows in the dining area, with views onto the north side of the airport’s apron (sadly no runway view here). JAL have also improved their amenities such as new baggage storage with electric locks, a new spacious dining area with large communal table in the middle, an enlarged and improved buffet counter, a new make-up corner in ladies restroom, more power outlets around each seat and bigger displays for flight information.
JAL have also enhanced their food offerings, including a brand new domestic beef curry developed with the chefs at Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, a freshly prepared salad bar and special dinners cooked at a Halal certified kitchen. There is a certain retro-mad men appeal here and is very much in keeping with Japanese interior design, and for those who have been to Japan will understand this aesthetic. While not as glitzy or glamorous as their Tokyo lounge, it certainly will be a welcome improvement for the passengers in Kansai airport.