Kawachi Province (河内国 Kawachi no kuni ) was a province of Japan in the eastern part of modern Osaka Prefecture. It originally held the southwestern area that was split off into Izumi Province. It was also known as Kashū (河州?).
Kawachi was divided into three counties (地区 chiku ): northern (北河内 Kita Kawachi ), central (中河内 Naka Kawachi ), and southern (南河内 Minami Kawachi ).
- The northern county comprised the modern Hirakata, Neyagawa, Kadoma, Moriguchi, Shijōnawate, Daitō, and Katano, Osaka areas.
- The central county comprised the modern Higashiōsaka, Yao, and Kashiwara, Osaka areas.
- The southern county comprised the modern Sakai's eastern part (all of Higashi-ku and Mihara-ku, and part of Kita-ku), Matsubara, Habikino, Fujiidera, Tondabayashi, Kawachinagano, Ōsakasayama, and Minamikawachi District areas.
Kawachi province was established in the 7th century. On 11 May 716, the Ōtori, Izumi, and Hine districts were split off to form Izumi Province (和泉監 Izumi-gen ). In December 720, the Katashimo (堅下郡 Katashimo-gun ) and Katakami (堅上郡 Katakami-gun ) districts were combined to become Ōagata (大縣郡 Ōagata-gun ). On 15 September 740, Izumi Province was merged back in. On 30 May 757, that area was again separated to form Izumi Province (this time with the normal kuni designation).
Under Dōkyō's administration, Yuge-no-Miya (由義宮?) was established, taking the name of Nishi-no-Miyako (西京?, "Western Capital"); moreover, in 769 the office of Kawachi kokushi was abolished, and the special administration structure of Kawachi shiki (河内職?) was established. With the downfall of Dōkyō, the prior system was restored the following year.
The provincial capital was in Shiki District, which is believed to have been at Kouiseki (国府遺跡?, "provincial capital ruins") in Fujiidera, but this is not known for certain. It may have been moved during the Nara period (both locations would still be within modern Fujiidera). However, in the Shūgaishō, the capital was in Ōagata District. In the Setsuyōshū, Tanboku District was mentioned as the seat.
It seems that there was no office of shugo before the Jōkyū War. It is unknown where the original shugo's residence was, but afterwards, it transferred to the Tannan, Furuichi, Wakae, and Takaya areas.
A provincial temple for monks was constructed in the Tenpyō era; they were at modern Kokubuhiganjō in Kashiwara, but they went out of use in sometime around the Nanboku-chō Period. Similarly, one for nuns was also near the same place, but it seems that it was in ruin by the Heian Period.
Hiraoka jinja was designated as the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Kawachi province.  The shrine is located in Higashiōsaka. In addition, Katano Shrine in Hirakata, is labelled the "Primary Shrine of Kashū" (河州一ノ宮 Kashū Ichi-no-Miya ), but this may be a mixup where what was once the primary shrine for the Katano township was confused for the primary shrine of Kawachi.
The secondary shrine is said to have been Onji Shrine. However, just having the second most influence in Kawachi Province doesn't necessarily mean it was a secondary shrine in the shrine system. That it is called the secondary shrine is also a recent innovation.
There were no lower-level shrines.
Ancient – Kamakura Period 
Tsuboi in Habikino became a stronghold of the warrior family that was the Minamoto clan (i.e., the Kawachi Genji). The likes of Hachimantarō Yoshiie who made vassals out of the samurai of the eastern provinces, his father Minamoto no Yoriyoshi, and Yoshiyori's father Minamoto no Yorinobu's tomb of three generations is even now close to the Tsūhō-ji remains that was the Kawachi Genji's family temple. Minamoto no Yoritomo (who founded the Kamakura shogunate) was a descendant of these Kawachi Genji.
Near the end of the Kamakura Period, Kusunoki Masashige and his household, being a powerful clan of southern Kawachi, rose up in defiance of the shogunate; barricaded in the Shimo Akasaka, Kami Akasaka, and Chihaya castles, he baffled the Kamakura shogunal armies. With the direct imperial rule of Kemmu, Kusunoki was appointed as both kokushi and shugo.
Muromachi Period 
The Nanboku-chō Period arrived as Ashikaga Takauji opposed Emperor Go-Daigo, and Kawachi became a hotspot for battles; Kusunoki Masashige's eldest son Kusunoki Masatsura was killed in action at the battle of Shijō Nawate.
With the advent of the Muromachi Period, the post of Kawachi shugo fell to one of the three kanrei, of the Hatakeyama clan; Hatakeyama Mitsuie and Hatakeyama Mochikuni continued this, making what should have been a dynasty of sorts, but in dispute over Mochikuni's family headship, the adopted Hatakeyama Masanaga and the begotten Hatakeyama Yoshinari quarreled, and as Kawachi became the background for that feud, it fell to waste.
Masanaga was attacked at Shōgaku-ji (正覚寺?, Kami-Shōgaku-ji, Hirano-ku, Osaka) by Hosokawa Masamoto and Hatakeyama Yoshitoyo, but his son Hisayoshi was in Kishū attempting to recoup for another attack; finally, they succeeded in making a comeback as the shugo of Kawachi and Kishū, and Hisayoshi's son Tanenaga ultimately managed to destroy Yoshihide of Yoshinari's line, once again consolidating the house of Hatakeyama. However, through all this, Kawachi had been the battleground, and had essentially been reduced to scorched earth.
Sengoku Period 
By the Sengoku Period, the consolidated Kawachi was the asset of Hatakeyama Tanenaga, but the real power was imbued in the shugodai, a title that passed into the hands of Yusa Naganori: the shugo came to be reduced to a mere figurehead. Moreover, the kanrei house of Hosokawa continued to face internal strife; in addition to the Hosokawa inheritance dispute between Takakuni, Sumimoto, and Sumiyuki, the son of Sumimoto (the victor of that conflict) Harumoto attacked and overthrew the shugodai in Sakai who played an active role in the Hosokawa clan's internal strife, Miyoshi Motonaga.
The bakufu, which was an asset for Harumoto, had been preserved, but Miyoshi's son Nagayoshi proceeded to the capital from Awa; while he accepting a wife from the shugodai of Kawachi who had the de facto power (Yusa Naganori) and received other such favors of power, in subordination to Harumoto, but not in subordination to the wishes of Harumoto, he played an active role in such things as attacking Kizawa Nagamasa in Takaida (in modern Kashiwara, Osaka).
However, being in opposition later on, Nagayoshi would fight his father's cousin in Harumoto's faction, Miyoshi Masanaga, in dispute over Kawachi Jū Nana Kasho at places like Enami Castle, going on to break down Harumoto's controlled political power; the shogun was reduced to a figurehead and along with seizing the real power of the bakufu, he transferred the stronghold from Akutagawa Mountain Castle in Settsu to Iimori Mountain Castle in Kawachi (Shijōnawate, Osaka).
But even Nagayoshi had to pass away at the age of 42, and afterwards retainers were in conflict (the Miyoshi triumvirate and Matsunaga Hisahide), making a battleground of Kawachi and Yamato. The event that finally closed the period and these conflicts was Oda Nobunaga's procession to the capital.
Azuchi-Momoyama Period 
Upon his ascension to the capital, Oda Nobunaga gave the task of governing the northern half of Kawachi to Miyoshi Yoshitsugu, and that of the southern half to Hatakeyama Akitaka (his son-in-law). However, they both fell in the conflicts around the Genki era, and control of Kawachi fell to Oda's chief vassal Sakuma Nobumori. But even Nobumori would later be shunned and banished by Nobunaga.
After the death of Hideyoshi, the Battle of Sekigahara ensued, and Tokugawa Ieyasu became ruler of all Japan: the Seii Taishōgun; he opened his bakufu, but as Kawachi was Toyotomi Hideyori's fiefdom, it was not entered into the bakuhan taisei.
When Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyori had their showdown at the Siege of Osaka, Kawachi also became a battleground. This fight had a winter and a summer campaign, but since the winter campaign was a battle around Osaka Castle, Kawachi was not a war location then. The aspect of the summer campaign was completely turned about, and the outer moat of Osaka Castle was buried, leaving the castle exposed; the Osaka side judged a siege defense to be impossible, and intercepted Tokugawa's side going from Kyoto to Osaka in the field. Therefore, fights occurred at various places in Kawachi, it being between Kyoto and Osaka. The primary battles that developed were the Battle of Dōmyōji (Gotō Matabee vs. Date Masamune, Matsudaira Tadateru, and Mizuno Katsunari; Sanada Yukimura, Kitagawa Nobukatsu, and Susukida Kanesuke vs. Date Masamune, Matsudaira Tadateru, and Mizuno Katsunari) and the battle of Yao and Wakae (Kimura Shigenari vs. Ii Naotaka; Chōsokabe Morichika vs. Tōdō Takatora).
Edo Period 
In the Edo Period, Kawachi was dotted with tenryō as well as hatamoto. As for daimyo, there were only two: the Hōjō of Sayama Domain and the Takagi of Tannan Domain. In addition, the Inaba of Yodo Domain had many territories.
- Ishikawa District
- Nishigori District
- Furuichi District
- Asukabe District
- Ōgata District
- Takayasu District
- Kawachi District
- Chichira District
- Matta District
- Katano District
- Wakae District
- Shibukawa District
- Shiki District
- Tajihi District (Tanboku District, Tannan District, Yakami District)
Meiji era reorganization 
- Kitakawachi District – on 1 April 1896, the Matta, Katano, and Sasara districts were integrated, making the former Kawachi Province's northern portion a single district.
- Nakakawachi District – on 1 April 1896, the Tanboku, Takayasu, Ōgata, Kawachi, Wakae, and Shibukawa districts, along with part of Shiki District (Mikimoto Village) were integrated, making the former Kawachi Province's central portion a single district.
- Minamikawachi District – on 1 April 1896, the Tannan, Asukabe, Furuichi, Yakami, Nishigori, and Ishikawa districts, along with part of Shiki District (all but Mikimoto Village) were integrated, making the former Kawachi Province's southern portion a single district.
- 672, August – Kume
- 708, April – Ishikawa no Iwatari
- 724 – c. 749 – Kudara no Konikishi Kyōfuku (self-styled)
- 746, April – Ōtomo no Koshibi (dismissed)
- 760 – Yamato no Nagaoka
- 769, November – Fujiwara no Momokawa
- 790, April – Ōtomo no Otomaro
- 806, February – Kudara no Koniki Shikyōjin
- 817, July – Fujiwara no Otsugu
- 878, February – Abe no Fusakami
Kamakura bakufu 
- 1221–? – Miura Yoshimura
- ?–1247 – Miura Yasumura
- 1280–? – Hōjō Hisatoki
- ?–1333 – someone from the Hōjō clan
Muromachi bakufu 
- 1336–1347 – Hosokawa Akiuji
- 1347–1349 – Kō no Moroyasu
- 1349–1351 – Hatakeyama Kunikiyo
- 1352–1353 – Kō no Morihide
- 1359–1360 – Hatakeyama Kunikiyo
- 1369–1382 – Kusunoki Masanori
- 1382–1406 – Hatakeyama Motokuni
- 1406–1408 – Hatakeyama Mitsunori
- 1408–1433 – Hatakeyama Mitsuie
- 1433–1441 – Hatakeyama Mochikuni
- 1441 – Hatakeyama Mochinaga
- 1441–1455 – Hatakeyama Mochikuni
- 1455–1460 – Hatakeyama Yoshinari
- 1460–1467 – Hatakeyama Masanaga
- 1467 – Hatakeyama Yoshinari
- 1467–1493 – Hatakeyama Masanaga
- 1493–1499 – Hatakeyama Yoshitoyo
- 1499–1504 – Hatakeyama Yoshihide
- 1504–1507 – Hosokawa Masamoto
- 1507–1517 – Hatakeyama Hisayoshi
- 1517–1534 – Hatakeyama Tanenaga
- 1534–1538 – Hatakeyama Nagatsune
- 1538–1542 – Hatakeyama Ariuji / Hatakeyama Masakuni
- 1542–1545 – Hatakeyama Tanenaga
- 1545 – Hatakeyama Haruhiro
- 1545–1550 – Hatakeyama Masakuni
- 1550–1560 – Hatakeyama Takamasa
- 1568–1569 – Hatakeyama Takamasa
- 1568–1573 – Miyoshi Yoshitsugu
- 1569–1573 – Hatakeyama Akitaka
Kawachi figures 
Though Kawachi was a very small province, many important people in ancient and medieval Japan had to do with the area and the decisive moments in Japanese history that took place there or around it.
- Mononobe no Moriya – From the Mononobe clan powerful in ancient times, he was part of the anti-Buddhist faction, and defeated by the allied forces of Soga no Umako and Prince Shōtoku.
- Kudara no Konikishi clan – Descendants of the royal house of Baekje, and a noble family of ancient times based in Kawachi.
- Fujii clan – An ancient family originally from China based in Kawachi. Likely progenitors of Jing Zhencheng.
- Takamuko clan – An ancient noble family of Kawachi that produced many diplomats and statesmen such as Takamuko no Kuromaro.
- Kawachi Imoji – A group of medieval metal-working experts based in Tannan District.
- Mizuhai clan – Bushi of Kawachi descended from a priest of Hiraoka Shrine (Kawachi's ichinomiya), and descendants of the Hiraoka Muraji.
- Kawachi Genji – A branch of the warrior clan Minamoto. They were based in Kawachi, and at their peak controlled the eastern samurai.
- Minamoto no Yorinobu – The commander who put down Taira no Tadatsune's Rebellion. Founder and leader of the Kawachi Genji.
- Minamoto no Yoriyoshi – The commander who overcame the Abe clan in the Zenkunen War. Second-generation leader of the Kawachi Genji.
- Minamoto no Yoshiie – A commander in the Zenkunen and Gosannen wars. Third-generation leader of the Kawachi Genji.
- Minamoto no Yoshitada – Fourth son of Yoshiie, kami of Kawachi, fourth-generation leader of the Kawachi Genji. Assassinated by his uncle Minamoto no Yoshimitsu.
- Minamoto no Yoshitoki – Sixth son of Yoshiie, defended the inherited land of the Minamoto clan. Progenitor of the Ishikawa clan, among others.
- Ishikawa clan – A line derived from Yoshitoki's third son Minamoto no Yoshimoto, taking its name from Ishikawa in Kawachi.
- Kawachi clan – Family name taken by Kawachi kami and such.
- Kusunoki clan – A local family of Kawachi, offshoot of the Tachibana clan through being anti-Shogunist.
- Kusunoki Masashige – General who fought against the Kamakura shogunate. For his loyalty towards the emperor, he earned the name "Dainankō".
- Kusunoki Masatsura – Son of Masashige. For succeeding his father in his efforts, he received the name "Shōnankō".
- Kusunoki Masanori – Successor of Masatsura.
- Kusunoki Masasue – Masashige's younger brother. Committed suicide with his brother at the battle of Minatogawa.
- Kainoshō clan – Offspring of Kusunoki Masasue; served the Hatakeyama and Tokugawa clans.
- Hatakeyama clan – Offshoot of the Ashikaga clan, and one of the three Kanrei; a notable family that produced many Kawachi Province shugo.
- Hatakeyama Mitsuie – Kawachi shugo and Muromachi shogunate kanrei.
- Hatakeyama Mochikuni – Son of Mitsuie; Kawachi shugo and Muromachi shogunate kanrei.
- Hatakeyama Masanaga – Nephew and adopted son of Mochikuni; Kawachi shugo and Muromachi shogunate kanrei. Died in dispute with the shogunate.
- Hatakeyama Hisayoshi – Son of Masanaga; Kawachi shugo.
- Hatakeyama Tanenaga – Son of Hisayoshi; Kawachi shugo but puppet of shugodai Yusa Naganori.
- Hatakeyama Takamasa – Younger brother of Tanenaga; Kawachi shugo and anti-Miyoshi vanguard.
- Hatakeyama Akitaka – Younger brother of Tanenaga; followed in Takamasa's footsteps but was defeated by the Yusa.
- Hatakeyama Yoshinari – True son of Mochikuni; Kawachi shugo and regarded as a great commander.
- Hatakeyama Yoshitoyo – Son of Yoshinari; though he defeated Masanaga in the Meiō Coup, he was defeated by Hisayoshi in a comeback.
- Hatakeyama Yoshihide – Son of Yoshitoyo.
- Hosokawa Katsumoto – Shugo of Settsu, Tanba, and Yamashiro among others. Also a kanrei.
- Hosokawa Masamoto – Son of Katsumoto and a kanrei.
- Hosokawa Harumoto – Son of Sumimoto; kanrei. Political power collapsed when defeated by Miyoshi Nagayoshi.
- Hosokawa Ujitsuna – Takakuni's orphan. Shouldered the anti-Harumoto faction.
- Yusa Naganori – Shugodai of Kawachi. Seized the real power of the Hatakeyama and reduced them to a Sengoku daimyō.
- Miyoshi clan – Sengoku daimyō. Originally the shugo of Awa Province; became the lords of Iimori Mountain Castle in Kawachi.
- Miyoshi Nagayoshi – Hegemon; a commander that expanded power to Awa, Tosa, Iyo, Sanuki, Awaji, Harima, Settsu, Tanba, Yamashiro, Kawachi, and Yamato.
- Miyoshi Yoshitsugu – After the death of Nagayoshi, he inherited the family hardship, but the house of Miyoshi fell apart.
- Miyoshi Yasunaga – Nagayoshi's uncle. Lord of Takaya Castle.
- Miyoshi Masanaga – Grand-uncle of Nagayoshi.
- Miyoshi triumvirate – A triple alliance in the house of Miyoshi between Iwanari Tomomichi, Miyoshi Masayasu, and Miyoshi Nagayasu.
- Kizawa Nagamasa – A Sengoku daimyō who temporarily held Yamato and Kawachi.
- Toyotomi Hideyoshi – Shogun and ruler of all Japan who succeeded Oda Nobunaga.
- Toyotomi Hideyori – Son of Hideyoshi; supreme commander of the western army in the Siege of Osaka.
- Sanada Yukimura – Second son of Sanada Masayuki of the Shinshū Sanada. Took the Osaka side in the siege of Osaka and banished to Kudoyama.
- Gotō Mototsugu – Commander with long service; was a chief vassal of the Kuroda clan, but opposed Kuroda Nagamasa. On the Osaka side in the Siege of Osaka.
- Chōsokabe Morichika – Fourth son of Chōsokabe Motochika; after his father's death, he inherited the family responsibility and fought for the Toyotomi side at the Battle of Sekigahara and Siege of Osaka.
- Kimura Shigenari – A young talent of the Toyotomi side in opposition to the bakufu.
- Iijima Saburōemon – A peasant of Takaida in Kawachi Province who served Shigenari, he died in action at the Battle of Wakae.
- Yamaguchi Hirosada – Son of Yamaguchi Munenaga; a subordinate commander for Shigenari, and husband of Shigenari's younger sister; the vanguard at the Battle of Wakae, where he died in the intense fighting.
- Yasui Dōton – The man who dug (and whose name graces) Dōtonbori; may have also been born in Kawachi.
- Shuntokumaru – A man said to be from Takayasu District. The subject of various theatre productions.
- Naka Jinbee – The village headman who re-routed the Yamato River.
See also 
- List of Provinces of Japan
- Kami of Kawachi – The kokushi of the province.
- Sayama Domain – Belonged to the Hōjō (descendants of Hōjō Sōun).
- Tannan Domain – Belonged to the Takagi clan.
- Yodo Domain – Belonged to the Inaba clan (into which Lady Kasuga was married).
- Cotton – Kawachi cotton was popular from the early Edo period until before World War II; it was Kawachi's top industry.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 10-ISBN 0-674-01753-6; 13-ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
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