Takumasa Ono was born and grew up in Tokyo and now lives in Berkshire. In 1999, he toured the UK sketching 58 National Trust properties, as an official artist of the National Trust in Japan. He returned to the UK as a visiting artist as part of Japan 2001, a UK wide initiative supported by the Japanese Ministry of Culture. During that time, he developed his 'HENRO (pilgrimage)' exhibition, working as an artist in residence with the National Trust.
Since then he has been undertaking artistic projects with many of the National Trust's leading properties across the UK, organizing educational workshops for children and adults as well as exhibitions. He also was awarded the "Japan Society Award 2014.