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Before my flight from Osaka to Los Angeles on Japan Airlines, I visited the JAL Sakura Lounge at Osaka Kansai airport. The lounge wasn’t the easiest to find, since it’s in the center of the concourse and not well-marked. Even this little map I got was only semi-helpful in getting me to the right spot.
Once I found it, the unimpressive entrance set the bar low.
Inside though, it’s a nice lounge. It’s not as nice as the JAL first class lounge in Toyko Narita, mind you, but it’s a decent enough business class lounge, especially since there aren’t nearly as many Japan Airlines flights leaving from Osaka.
There was a decent food buffet set out. While there wasn’t any sushi like the first class Tokyo lounge, it was still decent for business class, featuring beef curry, fried chicken, and local delicacy okonomiyaki.
They also had salad, soups, some baked goods including sweet cream filled buns, sandwiches, and cookies.
There were also little flavored cheeses. I did a taste test and ranked them as follows from best to worst: cheddar, plain, ham, smoked salmon. I didn’t try olive or tomato since I knew they would be disgusting.
Because it’s Japan, they also had to have beer machines.
The self-service bar was decent, featuring a nice selection of sake.
Beyond the large dining room, which dominates the JAL Sakura Lounge in Osaka, there are a few other nice seating areas.
Even the smoking lounge looks comfortable. Unfortunately, it could still be smelled slightly in the quiet back area at first.
There were tons of electrical outlets scattered all over the lounge, as well as a business center.
The Sakura Lounge also has lockers available.
One of the highlights of the Sakura Lounge was the massage chair. They were available most of the time, so I had a go. It was half-amazing, half-terrifying. Most of the time it was relaxing, but there were a few times where I felt it was going to swallow me whole. If robots rise up and kill us all someday, these massage chairs might be leading the charge.
Overall, the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge at Osaka KIX is a nice lounge. It’s quiet, aside from that machine humming, and there’s more than enough space for everyone to spread out comfortably. The food is also decent for an airline lounge. Unlike some crowded lounges, it’s a good place to relax before your Japan Airlines flight, or any of the other partner flights that have access to the lounge in Osaka.
Read below for all of my posts about my trip around the Pacific Rim!
A trip around the Pacific Rim – Introduction
OneWorld Business Lounge Los Angeles LAX review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Boeing 777-300ER Los Angeles LAX to Hong Kong HKG review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330 Hong Kong HKG to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Street markets & Petronas Towers
Cathay Pacific Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Plaza Premium Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Auckland AKL review
Air New Zealand Economy Class Airbus A320 Auckland AKL to Queenstown ZQN review
Queenstown Motel Apartments – Queenstown, New Zealand review
Queenstown, New Zealand – A Lord of the Rings tour
Day trip from Queenstown, New Zealand – Milford Sound
Queenstown, New Zealand – Skyline Queenstown
Craft beer in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown to Franz Josef, New Zealand by bus
Hiking to Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Franz Josef to Nelson, New Zealand by bus
Fellworth House – Nelson, New Zealand review
A beer & wine tour through Nelson, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Nelson, New Zealand
Nelson to Wellington, New Zealand by bus and ferry via Picton
A nerdy day at Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand
Exploring the museums & parks of Wellington, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington to Auckland, New Zealand by bus
New Year’s Eve in Auckland, New Zealand
A rainy New Year’s Day at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
A rainy day at the Auckland Art Gallery & New Zealand Maritime Museum
The best craft beer in Auckland, New Zealand
Emperor Lounge Auckland AKL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Auckland AKL to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia & Jalan Alor
Malaysia Airlines Golden Regional Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Boeing 737-800 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Hong Kong HKG review
A visit to Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong for dim sum
A rainy day in Hong Kong – Science Museum & Kau Kee noodles
Hong Kong – Victoria Peak & more great food
More dim sum in Hong Kong – Din Tai Fung & Dim Sum Square
A day trip to Macau from Hong Kong
Grand City Hotel Hong Kong review
The best craft beer in Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330-300 Hong Kong HKG to Osaka KIX via Taipei review
A layover in Osaka – Ramen, sushi, & exploring the city
JAL Sakura Lounge Osaka KIX review
JAL Business Class Boeing 787 Osaka KIX to Los Angeles LAX review
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