Hegura is a small island located in the Sea of Japan, approximately 45km from the Japanese mainland, forming part of the Wajima township. The island is just 2km by 1km in size and can be easily covered in an hour. At the turn of the century, Hegura’s population was exceedingly sparse and by 2005 it became unihabited. One of the island’s main attractions is birdwatching and it has a reputation as one of the premier birding sites in Japan during spring and autumn migrations. Under the right conditions, migratory birds can literally drop from the sky around Hegura’s gardens, its lighthouse, its harbour and beach, or by its small pond on the west coast of the island.