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The Soup that Marilyn Monroe Loved

Actress Marilyn Monroe and Major League baseball star Joe DiMaggio visited Japan in 1954 for their honeymoon and stayed in Fukuoka on Feb. 8-10.
They went to the newly opened French restaurant Royal Nakasu Honten all three days in a row for dinner.
Monroe loved the onion gratin soup and ordered it every day.
The restaurant has now changed its name to Hananoki and relocated to Ohori Park.
There is a photo on display in the restaurant of Monroe at the time of her visit to Royal Nakasu Honten, and there is also a room that re-creates the private room they dined in, Room 1953.


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This is an authentic French restaurant where diners can enjoy the scenery of lushly green Ohori Park. Its menu includes the onion gratin soup Marilyn Monroe liked.

Location: Boathouse Ohori Park, 1-3 Ohorikoen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
PH: 092-751-3340 (Hananoki)
Website: Hananoki (Japanese Only)
Closed: Mondays (on the following day if a public holiday)
Transportation: 2 min walk from Subway “Ohorikoen Station” Exit 3
1 min walk from “Arato 1 chome” bus stop