Chūō (中央区, Chūō-ku?) is one of 9 wards of Kobe City in Japan. It has an area of 28.46 km², and a population of 127,602 with 74,814 households as of January 31, 2012. The ward was formed from the 1980 merger of the former Fukiai-ku and Ikuta-ku.
The Consulate-General of Panama in Kobe is located on the eighth floor of the Moriyama Building in Chūō-ku. Also in the ward are the headquarters of Sumitomo Rubber Industries and Sysmex Corporation, a global medical devices manufacturing company.
The Kobe Chinese School, a Mainland China-oriented Chinese international school, is in the ward.