Located amid nature at the base of Mount Aso, El Patio Ranch offers a retreat in a Western American theme, with horse-back riding, a Western goods shop and American barbecue. Rooms feature a balcony and free wired internet. American themed rooms are carpeted, while rooms in Santa Fe style feature a wooden floor and quilts on the beds. All rooms come with floor-to ceiling windows, a seating area with a sofa and a TV. They have an attached toilet, whereas bathrooms are shared. While staying at the ranch, you can enjoy horseback riding on the outside course (for a fee). At nights, they can enjoy views of a star-filled sky, not hindered by city lights. The hotel offers a soothing hot public bath, separate for men and women. Featuring benches overlooking the horse-riding tracks, Restaurant El Patio serves American food including barbecued food, burgers, and other typically American dishes,Steak at lunchtime. Ranch El Patio is 20 minutes by car to Kurokawa Onsen. JR Miyachi Station is a 20-minute drive.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.3)

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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Guest reviews


Value for money
High score for Aso
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Guests who stayed here loved

  • Booking
    United States of America United States of America
    The location is fantastic. The availability of horseback riding throughout the valley was the primary reason for our selection of El Patio. The horseback riding experience was terrific. The room was large, modern, clean and very comfortable and...
  • Ethel
    United States of America United States of America
    We wanted to check out Kusasenrigahama, hike the Kuju Mountains and then go to Kurokawa Onsen Town, and this was the perfect spot for the first leg of our trip because it is so convenient to the Makinoto Pass Trailhead. The room itself is spacious...
  • Musee
    Hong Kong Hong Kong
    El Patio is in a beautiful part of Aso National Park and the room had an amazing view. It’s quiet and feels connected to the environment. The horses and the stables gave the whole place a rustic and Western vibe. The food was warm and hearty,...

Area info

1 Restaurant On Site

  • レストラン #1

    No additional info available

Amenities of El Patio Ranch
Great facilities! Review score, 8.8

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast
  • BBQ facilities
  • Terrace
  • Horseback riding
    Additional charge
Food & Drink
  • Restaurant
Wired internet is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
    • Vending machine (drinks)
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Smoke alarms
    • Key access
    • Air conditioning
    • Heating
    • Non-smoking rooms
    Languages Spoken
    • Japanese

    House rules
    El Patio Ranch takes special requests – add in the next step!

    From 14:00 to 18:00
    From 08:00 to 10:00
    Cancellation/ prepayment
    Cancelation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Enter your stay dates and check the conditions of your selected option.
    The entrance to the property is closed between 20:00 and 08:00
    Children & Beds

    Child policies

    Children of all ages are welcome.

    To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

    Crib and extra bed policies

    Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

    No age restriction
    There's no age requirement for check-in
    Pets are not allowed.
    Accepted payment methods
    American ExpressVisaDiners ClubJCBCash
    Smoking is not allowed.

    The fine print
    Must-know information for guests at this property

    Please note, the property is not regularly staffed. Guests are required to inform the property in advance of their check-in times. Please note, last check-in is at 20:00. Guests may not be able to check-in after this time. Please contact the property for details.

    Guests with a tattoo may not be permitted to enter public bathing areas and other public facilities.

    From November 2023, the public bath will be out of service for the time being due to maintenance.

    We apologize for any inconvenience caused by noise during the construction period.

    From December 15th to March 1st, it often snows in the area around our ranch.

    When visiting our ranch during the winter, we recommend installing snow tires.

    ・Please use the shower or bath in your room while the public bath is undergoing maintenance.

    ・If you would like to experience horseback riding... https://www.frontierhorses.com/elpatioranch-horseriding

    ・During the winter, the temperature can drop to -15 degrees, so it is necessary to wear studded tires. Also, in case of stormy weather, horseback riding may not be possible.

    ・If you are coming by JR, please take a taxi from Miyaji Station.

    ・If you would like a surprise for your celebration, please contact us in advance and we will prepare a cake for an additional charge.

    ・The new room is currently being arranged.

    Information on the facility's barrier-free accessibility measures

    1. to reduce the distance for guest who is lacking physical strength , we have secured a space where guests can move their cars right in front of their guest rooms.

    2. by preparing writing tablets for hearing-impaired guests, we provide written information on our facilities when requested by guests.

    3. we will ensure that visually impaired guests are given explanations using the clock position when meals are served to them.

    4. staff will assist guests in wheelchairs.

    5. for hearing impaired guests, staff will assist them to their rooms.

    License number: 熊本県指令 阿保 第18号

    FAQs about El Patio Ranch

    • El Patio Ranch has 1 restaurant:

      • レストラン #1

    • El Patio Ranch is 3.7 miles from the center of Aso. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • The prices at El Patio Ranch may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

    • El Patio Ranch offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

      • Horseback riding

    • Check-in at El Patio Ranch is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.