We took one suitcase with us for size comparison, and found 2 new suitcases that looked super sturdy with much better wheels than ours. We also bought 2 hand towels to use during the hot days (after observing the locals this was definitely the done thing) and 2 souvenir puzzle/model type things (great idea for relatives to get a taste of Japan).
The staff at Don Quijote were great! So helpful! They gave us ¥2000 in gift vouchers as we didn't know they did tax-free shopping & so hadn't asked for it when paying. They also took the broken suitcase from us to throw away.
So back to the hotel to repack everything into the new suitcases; we'd bought one same size and one larger to account for the souvenirs we'd bought and were bound to buy later, which worked extremely well. We checked out at 11:00 and got a taxi back to Tojinmachi subway station to go to Hakata Station where we exchanged our Japan Rail Pass vouchers (pre-purchased in the UK for £246 each for a 2-week pass). We were due to catch the 12:32 train to Takeo-Onsen so we bought Bento boxes to eat while we waited: both were really good!
M is exceptionally good at sleeping on public transport so he missed a fair bit of scenery, however I was awake for all journeys so was able to get some really good photos (around 400 overall from all journeys so I'll only put a selection up)
We arrived at Takeo-Onsen at 13:40 and the Ryokan (Kyotoya) was a 10 minute walk from the station, very easy to find. The staff were very helpful and let us check in early for free. We were shown to our room & things were explained in limited English. The room was so beautiful! A proper traditional room with shoji screens, tatami mats, futons to sleep on, and onsen-style bathroom.
After leaving the museum we stopped at the Gallery Arita (a shop/café) across the road. This super cute Mini with the same patterns as the ceramics was parked outside. The shop had beautiful ranges of porcelain and lacquer-ware, as well as some kitsch items.
We were both feeling tired so we bought dinner at FamilyMart and ate in the room & relaxed. As we arrived back at the Ryokan there was a performance happening in the lobby: a man in traditional outfit & mask was dancing/performing swordsmanship to drums and percussion - very impressive if a little intimidating as he used the space very well.