Lounge Review: Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)

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Lounge Review: Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)

After we spent our morning in downtown Frankfurt doing the touristy things (see that post here), we headed to Frankfurt Airport for our flight to London!

Having to check out of the hotel early and already seeing what we thought we wanted to see that morning, we got to the airport nice and early.

Here’s where we are so far:

Since we were on British Airways, we were flying out of Terminal 2, Concourse D in Frankfurt. The woman that checked us in let us know that each of the gate areas has it’s own separate security area, which meant we’d have to leave the lounge a little early. All lounges in this area are after passport control but before the individual gate security checks (D1-4 had one security check, so I’m assuming one check per every few gates).

After checking in and getting our bags checked all the way to the Maldives (supposedly….), we went through passport control before heading into the JAL Sakura Lounge!

My first reaction when the woman told me to use the JAL lounge was, “JAL has a lounge here?”. It’s pretty surprising being as they only have one flight a day to Tokyo-Narita. Meanwhile, British airways has 10+ flights a day to London (both City and Heathrow). I’m still not sure why this unique situation exists, but what I do know is that BA is paying a lot of money to JAL for all it’s customers that get sent there!

Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

JAL Sakura Lounge!

Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Upon entering the lounge we were greeted and presented our passports/boarding passes. The gentleman at the desk checked our names off his list and welcomed us to the lounge!

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

No one’s home!

Like I said we got there very eally, and with that came with an empty lounge! Literally the only people in it (minus the previously mentioned gentleman who checked us in). I immediately jumped at the chance to snap as many pictures as I could.

When you enter, you take a left into the lounge and it’s a pretty big open area with the showers/bathrooms on the left, beverages on the right, food straight ahead and seating all over the place!

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Nice bathrooms – sorry I didn’t get a shower shot but there were two of them.

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Food – sausage and meatballs on the right, mini sandwiches on the left.

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Snackies.

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Coffee machine in the beverage area.

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Looking to the right from the coffee machine – plates, chips, glasses, etc.

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Immediately in-between the last two pictures. Okay booze selection, nothing insanely nice but just fine for a business class lounge.

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Beverage refrigerator. Four beers to choose from in here and another two different ones in another mini fridge.

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Aforementioned mini fridge. Two non-alcoholic beers in there if you so fancy.

Seating in this lounge was plentiful, and completely necessary. By the time we left the lounge it was almost completely full, with about half the people in there coming with us on the flight to Heathrow.

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Jaime and I took up the individual loungers along the wall!

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Individual seats along the window. Unfortunately it overlooks the departures area and not the tarmac…

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Small OneWorld departures screen

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Little work station

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Large storage area

JAL Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

That’s two planes in two lounges so far this trip! And a basketball?

Conclusion

The lounge worked just fine for our needs. We had already eaten two hours before, so we just nibbled on some of the sausages and chips they had. The fully stocked bar and local beers hit the spot. The seating was varied and pretty comfortable, and the lounge let in natural light which is fantastic in my opinion.

It didn’t have a view of the tarmac or a ton of amenities, but I’m sure the First Class part on the opposite side of the lounge offered a little more.

Recommend!

Have you been to this lounge? What are your thoughts?

4 Comments on “Lounge Review: Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)

  1. I’ll be transiting FRA in May for the first time in decades and found this review by googling. Thanks to your overview and pix, I’ll have a good idea of what to expect.

    • Chris,

      Glad you enjoyed it. It’s a nice little business lounge. Nothing crazy, but a perfectly comfortable oasis!

  2. Thank you for this review. The best I found by far! We will be connecting to a first class trans-con flight in London so hoping to snap a few pics on the first class side of the JAL lounge (if it is open). I read the CX lounge would be accessible too for BA pax. Do you have any info on that?

    • Werner,
      Thanks for the comment! I hope you’re able to get to the FC side! The CX lounge I heard wasn’t up to the par of this one, so I didn’t go – but if you check it out we’d love to hear about it!

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