Kyan Kensetsu makes dreams come true

Many people fell in love with Okinawa after visiting this island, and many of those would like to settle to live here for the rest of their lives. But when it comes to settling down, a question about the feasibility of building one’s dream home here arises, and therein arises a problem. How to buy land and build a house?

Few people have the money to purchase the land and build a house in cash, and unless you are a permanent resident, local banks will not give you a loan and mortgage. However, a local construction company Kyan Kensetsu has seen a business chance in this and they are very willing to help foreigners with long term plans to live on the island to build the home of their dreams here.

Kyan helps its foreign customers to find land, build the house to customers specifications and sets up financing.

Kyan Kensetsu Co., Ltd. has been in the business for 57 years, doing construction work and civil engineering in all areas of Okinawa Island. The company is located at 1-12-6 Iso, Urasoe City (
Ryujin Kyan, the founder of the company, used to work on base as inspector. At the time, the construction specifications for buildings on base were much higher quality and better than in Japan, and Kyan leaned about construction and architecture from his work.

After he quit the job, he established Kyan Kensetsu on August 30, 1960. With his knowledge on building on bases where he was involved in building American housing units in Makiminato, Urasoe City and Ojana, Ginowan City, he was able to succeed.

After Ryujin Kyan retired, his son Kazuhito became the CEO. He graduated from a university with a degree in System Engineering and went to work in Tokyo. As soon as he found out his father would retire, he came back to Okinawa and took over the company as the CEO in 1996. In July 2004, Kazuhiro Kyan established K.K. Company, Ltd. at the same location with Kyan Kensetsu.

One day, an American married couple visited K.K. to ask for help. They had already bought a piece of land but couldn’t build a house because they could not get a loan to finance it. Kazuhito really wanted to help them, so he found a way to build the house. That was about nine years ago, and the first non- Japanese client for K.K.

Kyan Kensetsu sales dept. manager Yukio Nakamura (left) and CEO Kazuhito Kyan.

After that, he was flooded with inquiries, and he realized that there are many foreign people who want to build their own house on Okinawa but have a problem to get financing. He therefore started a new business for people who have problems with getting a mortgage. The new business offers to help customers to purchase land at their favorite location, and then builds the house according to the customer’s ideas and designs.

Up to now, K.K. has built a total of 35 dream houses on the island all of his customer are satisfied and love it.
Kyan says, “Don’t give up your dream. I know there are many ways to build your house on Okinawa. Just call us if you are interested in it.”

K.K will have mortgage meeting this weekend, Jan. 28 and 29, and next weekend, Feb. 4 and 5. Interpreter staff will be present to help. An advance reservation is required, and they will tell you location of the meeting when you make the reservation.

For more information, call 098-876-3518 (English) or visit website.

  • HappyGaijin

    Good article and I have contacted them about something outside of the normal arrangement. Hope it is doable!

11:10 21 Feb , 2024